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January 11, 2013

Man admits choking wife 'to shut her up'

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The couple survive on her Social Security Disability Income.

Legier said the victim now wants Bertazzoni out of her life and said she wanted the judge to know that because she is disabled, she cannot run from him.

Defense lawyer Alex Cain said his client has expressed regret for his actions that night, but disputed the allegation that Bertazzoni had been abusive before that incident.

Bertazzoni’s time at Middleton, where he’s been held on bail since his arrest, has been “one heck of a wake-up call,” Cain told the judge. “He deeply regrets the actions of that particular night.”

Cain urged the judge to continue the case without a finding, which would have ultimately resulted in a dismissal of the charges.

“The facts are too serious for a (continuation without a finding),” Machera responded.

Instead, he said, he would impose a guilty finding and the 18-months suspended sentence, with conditions that include a GPS bracelet, an order that he not contact the victim and a requirement that he take part in a batterer’s program.

After agreeing to those conditions, Bertazzoni was released from custody.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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