Felony charged as man allegedly chokes wife
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
January 13, 2009 · 4:17 PM
A 34-year-old Everett man is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly choking his wife at a friend’s house in Oak Harbor, court documents state.
Prosecutors charged Donald Wiley in Island County Superior Court Dec. 10 with assault by strangulation in the second degree.
Sgt. Larry Ferguson with the Oak Harbor Police Department wrote in his report that the 32-year-old woman went to a home on NE Ninth Avenue Dec. 6 and told the resident that her husband had assaulted her at a neighboring home.
According to Ferguson’s report, the alcohol-induced altercation began earlier when Wiley got angry at his wife for dressing inappropriately while they were at an Oak Harbor sport’s bar. After he allegedly pushed her, the woman called for her friend to pick them up and bring them back to an Oak Harbor home.
The woman claimed Wiley then punched her in the face four times and choked her, but she threw a candle stick holder at him, the report states. She said they continued fighting in a bedroom and Wiley choked her until she lost consciousness, the officer wrote.
Wiley was in another room when she woke up, so she ran out of the house to get help from a neighbor, the report states.
Ferguson wrote that the woman’s jaw appeared to be displaced and she had trouble talking. She was taken to the hospital for a possible broken jaw.
In an interview with the officer, Wiley said nothing had happened, but blamed his wife for scratching his face, the report states. He said he didn’t know anything about her jaw being “messed up,” the report states.
In court Dec. 8, Court Commissioner Karen Lerner ordered a domestic violence no-contact order barring Wiley from contact with his wife.
On Dec. 12, the alleged victim asked a judge to lift the no-contact order because she doesn’t feel unsafe with Wiley. She said they have six children between them and they are homeless.
The judge, however, denied the motion to lift the no-contact order and encouraged the woman to seek counseling.
The woman again asked for the order to be lifted in court Dec. 29, but Judge Alan Hancock denied the request.
Wiley could face from three to nine months in jail if convicted of the charge.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.