Fontana charged with choking woman

Posted at 3:11 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 17:11:48-04

Benjamin Fontana faces a felony charge after allegedly choking a woman and threatening her life.

According to court documents, a Great Falls Police officer responded to a residence for a report of a physical disturbance. 

After arriving at the apartment, the officer made contact with Fontana and reported smelling alcohol on Fontana’s breath and that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Another officer arrived to assist and observed a large clump of hair on the floor.

The officers then made contact with a woman and a family member who were at another residence.

The family member told officers he heard Fontana and the woman arguing and then choking sounds.

The family member reported that Fontana told the woman, "You’re gonna die and I will have the pleasure of killing you."

Court documents continue that Fontana dragged the woman through the apartment and threw her out of the door.

The officer noted injuries to the woman’s neck and shoulder areas.

Fontana has been charged with one felony count of strangulation of a partner/family member and a misdemeanor for obstructing a peace officer or other public servant.

The State has requested bond be set at $50,000.

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