by CHRIS ROGERS
The Winona County Attorney’s Office charged Jermaine Lavell Ross, 27, of Winona, with three counts of felony domestic assault and one count of felony domestic assault by strangulation after he allegedly repeatedly choked a woman and assaulted a boy, according to the Winona Police Department. Police officers responded to a report of a domestic assault at a residence on the 850 block of West Fifth Street on Saturday, February 2. The woman told police Ross had been arguing with her before throwing her against a wall — officers observed a dent in the wall — choking her repeatedly — officers reported seeing red marks on the woman’s neck — and throwing a television at a child. The woman told officers she could not breathe and thought she was going to die, according to the report. The child corroborated the woman’s account, according to police, and officers reportedly found Ross hiding in a closet at another Winona residence. According to police reports, Ross allegedly admitted to choking the woman. Because strangulation has been shown to be a warning sign for the potential of greater domestic violence or even homicide, domestic assault by strangulation is always a felony crime in Minnesota. The other counts of domestic assault would normally be misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors, but because Ross has a history of domestic assault convictions, the charges were elevated to felonies.