A 43-year-old Greenfield man was ordered to receive mental help at the VA Hospital after his wife said he choked her in the early morning hours Feb. 23.
According to the Greenfield Police Department report, the couple had been out at a local bar. The man, whose name is being withheld by Patch to protect the identity of the victim, left at 1:15 a.m. without his wife, who left an hour later.
When the victim got home, she became upset because her husband had locked her out. The couple then argued about the man leaving early. After the woman went downstairs to sleep, her husband came down and threw her to the ground, the victim told police.
She told police her husband straddled her with his legs on both sides of her torso and then choked her for what may have been a few minutes.
The woman scratched and punched her husband in an attempt to get him to stop. She said her husband eventually “snapped out of it” and left.
Once in custody, the man told Greenfield police he was stressed and, if he "could have sucked on an end of a shotgun, I would have.” He told police he choked his wife so she’d stop hitting and scratching him and to shut her up, but while he was choking her he thought he had gone too far and stopped.
If the man does not comply with the District Attorney’s office orders, he could face charges for domestic violence – strangulation.