On Wednesday, March 20, a Winona County jury found Michael Keith Dandridge guilty of third-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation, making terroristic threats, and false imprisonment.
A police investigation indicated that Dandridge trapped his girlfriend in their bedroom, punched her, and struck her with a glass bottle. Dandridge reportedly strangled her, threatened to kill her, and pinned her down. The woman escaped Dandridge for a moment, but was assaulted again before finally making it out of the house, according to the investigation. The woman suffered a broken nose, swelling of her brain, aural injuries, and contusions.
Dandridge was sentenced on April 11 to five years probation, predatory offender registration, and chemical dependency evaluations. Dandrige was also sentenced to one year in prison, but that sentence was stayed and he was credited for the 286 days he was in custody during court proceedings.
Assistant Winona County Attorney Justin A. Wesley prosecuted the case. Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman recognized Wesley’s effort, the work of law enforcement, and the victim’s bravery.