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A La Crosse man was charged Thursday after he was accused of choking a woman and threatening her with a knife.

Billy Ray Atwell


Billy R. Atwell, 36, of 1422 Gillette St. faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges, which include strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conducting using a dangerous weapon, all with a domestic abuse enhancer.

According to the complaint, Atwell and the victim were at the victim’s Onalaska residence when they began arguing at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. The victim told police Atwell pushed her around before shutting her into a bedroom and then after letting her out grabbed her from behind and held a knife to her neck.

She said she asked Atwell to leave and he responded, “The only way you leave me is dead,” according to the complaint.

Atwell went on to hit her in the right eye and put his arm around her neck and squeeze until she lost consciousness, according to the complaint.

After the victim woke up, she called police, who arrived early Thursday to find the woman with marks on her eye and neck.

Atwell told police he argued with the woman but that she got drunk and hit herself and then him. A preliminary breath test showed Atwell had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.094 percent.

He remains in jailed on a $500 cash bond.

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City government reporter

Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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Send him to prison...they like women beaters in there!!!

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