A 53-year-old Helena man is jailed on a felony charge of assault following accusations he choked a woman.
John Hilton LaBonte is accused of putting his girlfriend in a headlock on New Year's Day. Authorities arrested him Monday for the charge of third offense partner or family member assault and violating a no-contact order.
Court documents allege the couple got into an argument before LaBonte shoved the woman into a recliner and placed her in a headlock, and she could not speak or breathe as he applied pressure to her throat. The victim told authorities she feared for her life.
In October, LaBonte was arrested on a charge of assault with a weapon after he allegedly threw a flashlight at the same woman. A no-contact order in that case remains in effect.