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Man strangles girlfriend at Bloomington bowling alley, police say

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BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man is in custody on domestic battery charges for strangling his girlfriend at the Pheasant Lanes bowling alley in Bloomington, police said.

Justin Morton, 31, is charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery and domestic battery.

Justin Morton

Justin Morton, 31, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 36 months of probation after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated domestic battery-strangulation. Aggravated domestic battery in a public place and domestic battery charges were dismissed.

Witnesses said they saw him arguing with a woman at the bowling alley on Wednesday and when the woman walked away, Morton pinned her against an arcade machine with his forearm across her neck, prosecutors said.

The woman lost consciousness and hit her head on the arcade machine, prosecutors said.

Morton remains jailed in lieu of posting $5,035. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim, her address, or the Pheasant Lanes bowling alley.

An arraignment is scheduled for June 25.


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