Warren man accused of trying to strangle woman

By Stephen Betts | Oct 30, 2019

Warren — A Warren man with a history of violence is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail after police said he tried to strangle a woman.

Ronald J. Moulton, 53, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 29 and charged with Class B aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic violence.

According to an affidavit filed in the Knox County court by Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Drew Graham, a woman told police that she asked Moulton to leave the residence on Oct. 25 and he grabbed her by the throat and slammed her head against the wall. The woman also said he warned her that if she called the police he would return and kill her, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also said Moulton reported blacking out and did not know what he had done.

The deputy noticed scratches on the woman's neck and that her voice was raspy and she was coughing. The officer got an arrest warrant from the court and Moulton was located Tuesday, arrested, and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

Assistant District Attorney Lynn Madison pointed out that Moulton was convicted of aggravated assault in 2016 for a 2014 incident in which he kicked a man, who was on the ground, in the head outside a bar.That victim suffered a concussion.

Moulton got a three-year sentence with all but five months suspended for the 2016 conviction. He was still on probation for that offense at the time of his arrest Oct. 29.

The prosecutor requested bail at $10,000 cash while defense attorney for the day William Pagnano asked for $2,000 cash bail, pointing out that Moulton was not a risk to flee the area and that he was employed.

Justice Paul Mathews, however, set the bail at $10,000, citing a public safety risk from Moulton.

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