Carlton man sentenced for strangulation assaultTravis William Lindberg, 32, of Carlton was sentenced in Carlton County Court Monday on one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation for assaulting his girlfriend earlier this year.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Travis William Lindberg, 32, of Carlton was sentenced in Carlton County Court Monday on one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation for assaulting his girlfriend earlier this year. A misdemeanor charge of domestic assault with the intent to inflict bodily harm was dismissed.
According to state sentencing guidelines, Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Lindberg to one year and one day of incarceration for the assault, to which Lindberg pleaded guilty on June 6. As part of the plea agreement, Macaulay agreed to stay his sentence for three years of probation. Lindberg will, however, be required to serve 90 days in jail (with credit for three days already served), pay a $500 fine, have no contact with the victim, complete the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, be subject to random searches, not consume alcohol and not possess any firearms.
Macaulay ordered that Lindberg serve the first 45 days of his sentence in jail and indicated the rest may be staggered, depending on the outcome of a Dec. 5 review hearing to determine if Lindberg has been in compliance with the terms of his sentence.
Lindberg was formerly a part-time law enforcement officer with the city of Babbitt, a civilian security officer who worked at the 148th Fighter Wing base in Duluth, and an on-call EMT/firefighter with the Carlton Fire Department. Lindberg has reportedly been terminated by the city of Babbitt and the Carlton Fire Department because of the charges and suspended from 148th Fighter Wing pending the outcome of his criminal trial.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, on March 27 Lindberg’s girlfriend talked with Carlton County Sheriff’s deputies, saying the two had been living together at a residence on Chestnut Avenue in Carlton and that on March 24, she and Lindberg got into an argument about Lindberg’s daughter.
During the argument, the victim alleged that Lindberg got very angry and grabbed her by her throat and pushed her backwards into a room. The woman told authorities that she was “terrified” when the defendant did this and stated she was unable to breathe. She said she then barricaded herself in the room until Lindberg calmed down.
The complainant then told deputies she and Lindberg “worked things out” and tried to talk about what happened, but added that Lindberg once again became angry and started to “throw things around the apartment.”
Following that episode, the girlfriend decided to report the incident to authorities, who went to Lindberg’s address, questioned him and subsequently arrested him and transported him to the Carlton County Law Enforcement Center. The complaint stated that Lindberg admitted to strangling his girlfriend by grabbing her throat and pushing her into a room.