Following a preliminary hearing in Box Butte County Court, Joshua Middlebrooks is set to appear before Judge Travis O’Gorman in District Court after being bound over on the charges of strangulation, a class 3A felony, and domestic assault, a class 1 misdemeanor. 

According to the Affidavit for Custody, the charges arose from a report filed with the Alliance Police Department in February. On Feb. 21, a person contacted law enforcement to report that Joshua Middlebrooks had been physically abusive with her and that she was afraid he “was going to physically abuse her again.” 

An officer arrived at their residence, and was informed that they had been involved in a verbal dispute before they arrived. The victim told the officer Middlebrooks had allegedly strangled her multiple times on a number of different days. The victim told the officer that her neck still hurt from the strangulation. 

She also told the officer that Middlebrooks had punched her in the chest and pushed her in the sternum area. 

According to the affidavit, Middlebrooks allegedly admitted to the officer that he had pushed the victim hard enough to leave bruises, and that he had strangled her by using his arm. 

The victim and Middlebrooks had previously been in a romantic relationship, but lived together in the same residence. 

Middlebrooks faces up to one year in jail if he is found guilty of domestic assault, and up to three years in jail if he is found guilty of strangulation. He is set to appear before Judge O’Gorman for arraignment on March 27. 

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