A 25-year-old Hailey man pleaded not guilty last week to battering and attempting to strangle his girlfriend at the couple's home in January.
Javier Cabello-Gonzalez entered not-guilty pleas to three crimes at arraignment Feb. 28 in Blaine County 5th District Court. He is charged with felony counts of attempted strangulation and domestic battery with traumatic injury, and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon without a license.
Judge Robert J. Elgee advised Cabello-Gonzalez that attempted strangulation is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, felony domestic battery by up to 10 years in prison and carrying a concealed weapon without a license by up to a year in the county jail.
A jury trial was scheduled for June 14. Cabello-Gonzalez is represented by Ketchum attorney Dan Dolan under his public defender contract with Blaine County.
Cabello-Gonzalez has remained incarcerated on $15,000 bond in the Blaine County jail since his arrest by Hailey police on Jan. 18. An immigration detainer filed in the case by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency accuses him of being in the United States illegally.
A probable-cause affidavit filed by Hailey police Patrolman Jameson Sharp states that a confrontation occurred between Cabello-Gonzalez and his girlfriend shortly after 8 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the couple's home on north River Street. Sharp wrote that the woman was getting ready for work and Cabello-Gonzalez "began yelling at her about putting her things away after she uses them."
Sharp further wrote that the confrontation became physical and that Cabello-Gonzalez grabbed the woman by the throat, pushed her down, kicked her and struck her several times with an electrical cord from an iron the woman had been using to press her clothing.
Sharp wrote that the woman came to the Hailey police office later that day to complain. A female employee photographed bruises and marks on the woman, police said.
Cabello-Gonzalez was questioned by police later that day and then arrested.
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