WATERBURY, Conn. – A Connecticut probate judge charged with choking his wife was accepted into a diversionary program on Tuesday that could result in charges against him being dismissed.
Judge Martin Landgrebe appeared Tuesday in Waterbury
Superior Court and was accepted into the state's family violence
education program. If Landgrebe completes the program, charges of
misdemeanor strangulation and disorderly conduct would be dismissed next
Landgrebe continues to preside at Housatonic Probate Court in New Milford. He and his lawyer declined to comment on Tuesday.
Assistant State's Attorney Karen Diebolt did not
object to Landgrebe's entry into the program. A full protective order
barring Landgrebe from having contact with the woman was downgraded
during Tuesday's court hearing to a residential protective order, which
means he can have contact with the woman but has to stay away from her
Court documents do not identify the alleged victim,
but Landgrebe's lawyer, David Moraghan, previously told the Connecticut
Law Tribune that the woman is Landgrebe's wife.
Landgrebe turned himself in to police on Aug. 9 after
learning there was a warrant for his arrest following a fight with the
woman, according to court documents. The woman told police that
Landgrebe pinned her in the grass by holding her throat, but that at no
time did she have difficulty breathing.
Landgrebe told police he was defending himself. His lawyer has said that Landgrebe actually was the one who was assaulted.
Landgrebe filed for divorce soon after the incident, but withdrew the filing on Sept. 7, according to court documents.
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