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A 19-year-old Helena man is accused of strangling his girlfriend to the point of unconsciousness.

Michael James George is being charged with strangulation of a partner or family member, a felony.

On May 9, deputies responded to the report of a physical altercation in Lewis and Clark County. They met the victim, who told them about a verbal argument between herself and George, according to court documents.

George allegedly accused the woman of infidelity, threw his cellphone, which broke a window in the home, and dragged the woman back into the home as she attempted to leave, court documents say. Then he allegedly strangled her with an arm around her neck, grabbed her with two hands around her throat and attempted to smother her with a pillow, the documents say. 

George denied all of the allegations. According to court documents, he said the victim had thrown her cellphone at him and that he restrained her in a bear hug.

The victim was extremely distressed while speaking with deputies. She had fresh bruises on her neck and had difficulty speaking. There was no evidence corroborating George's version of events, according to deputies. 

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