Norton man convicted of strangling woman

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A Norton man faces up to six years in prison for reportedly strangling a woman in 2016. 

Tyler Donnell Justian, 23, was convicted Wednesday afternoon in Wise County Circuit for assault & battery of a family/household member, strangulation and probation violations. 

Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp tells News Channel 11 Justiano pleaded guilty without a plea agreement, meaning a judge will determine his sentence at a later date after testimony. 

According to a press release issued from Slemp, Justiano was dropped off by a friend at the victim’s workplace on Feb. 28 of last year. The report states Justiano went to her car, where she was surprised to see him, and reportedly got in the vehicle, struck her, pulled her hair and wrapped his arms around her neck. 

Slemp says deputies from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly to the scene, witnessed the attack in progress, and removed the victim from danger.

Justiano was on active supervised felony probation in the Wise County Circuit Court at the time of the incident for 2016 convictions of Breaking and Entering, Assault and Battery, and Distribution of Marijuana within 1000 Feet of a School.  

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Wise County Circuit Court. 

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