CAMDEN, Maine — A local man will serve 30 months in prison after being convicted of trying to strangle a woman and then threatening to stab her.

Bronson R. Simmons, 28, was sentenced Friday in Knox County Unified Court to nine years in prison with all but 30 months suspended for aggravated assault and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Simmons entered an Alford plea in which he did not admit committing the crimes but acknowledged that the state had sufficient evidence to convict.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said in March that the woman went to police and reported she had been assaulted the previous night. The woman told officers that she and Simmons had gotten into an argument and that he held her down on the bed and constricted her breathing by placing his hands around her neck for one to two minutes.

Simmons then pushed her around the bedroom for another 10 to 15 minutes before Simmons went to the kitchen grabbed a knife and pushed her against the counter and said he would stab her and slice her.

A neighbor who heard the commotion called 911. Police went to the home, but the victim put on a sweatshirt to cover the marks on her neck and told officers it was simply an argument.

She told police the next day, however, that she had been afraid to report anything in front of Simmons the previous night.

Simmons has two prior domestic violence assault convictions, in 2010 and 2014.

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