SHEBOYGAN — A Sheboygan man is facing charges of strangulation and suffocation after an alleged physical disturbance on the city’s south side.
24-year-old Kevin J. Laughrin, of 22 Winnepago Place in Sheboygan, was charged Thursday with two felony counts of strangulation and suffocation and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse. The court set a $2,500 cash bond. A status conference is scheduled with Judge Dan Borowski on Monday, April 23rd and a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, April 25th.
According to the criminal complaint, Laughrin’s 23-year-old wife told police that she and her live-in husband had gotten into a verbal argument that turned physical at a home in the 1400 block of South 21st Street on Wednesday, April 18th. The victim said that the two of them were arguing over their relationship. The argument continued to get heated, so she went into a different room of the residence. The victim told police that she then went to her bedroom and changed her clothes, at which point Laughrin came into the bedroom and continued the argument.
At one point, Laughrin pushed her onto the bed according to the criminal complaint. The victim told a police officer that she was laying on her back when Laughrin sat on top of her. She said that he placed one of his hands around her throat and pushed her into the bed. When the officer asked the victim if Laughrin’s actions caused her difficulty breathing, she said that it did and as he was doing this, he said, “Do you want to go through this again.”
The victim told police that she was eventually able to get Laughrin off of her by kicking him. She then decided to leave the residence and as she was walking towards the door, Laughrin came up from behind her and allegedly placed one of his arms around the front of her, placing pressure again on her neck. The victim described Laughrin’s actions as placing her in a “chokehold.” When the officer questioned the victim about any difficulty in breathing, she said that in both instances of Laughrin putting pressure onto her neck, it caused her difficulty in her normal breathing.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that throughout the incident she feared for her safety as well as the safety of the couple’s two-month old child, who was in the residence at the time of the alleged physical disturbance.