Bail set at $250,000 in battery case

A Minnesota man is in Piatt County jail on $250,000 bond after police say he tried to strangle his wife in Monticello.

Bert R. Strom, 48, of Tyler, Minnesota, was arrested the evening of July 2 after he reportedly put one hand on the neck of his wife “and the other on her mouth and nose so she could not breathe,” said Monticello Police Chief John Carter.

Preliminary charges of aggravated domestic battery – a class 2 felony – have been filed, and in an initial court hearing July 3 judge Bradford A. Rau fixed his bail, which would require $25,000 to be paid for Strom to be released from jail. He was also ordered to wearing a GPS tracker if released.

It was the second battery charge filed locally against Strom within a month. On June 11 while in Piatt County with his family to clean out the home of his wife’s deceased father, an incident led to his arrest and charges of domestic battery and contributing to the delinquency of a child, class 4 and class 3 felonies, respectively.

Piatt County prosecutors say the June 11 incident involved his son, and that both of his children are now in protective custody.

As part of posting $2,500 bail in that case, Strom was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and given permission to return to Minnesota to resume work while the Piatt County cases were pending. Authorities say their investigation shows he did not leave the county at that time, and that a verbal fight on July 3 escalated into the attempted strangulation.



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