Curby found guilty of strangulation, could face 5 years in prison

Buddy Edward Curby, 45, was found guilty of strangulation of a household member Thursday at his District Court jury trial. The maximum punishment for the felony is up to five years in prison, and his punishment will be determined at his District Court sentencing at a later date.

According to court documents, a Laramie Police Department officer responded to a physical domestic complaint at about 3:22 a.m. Feb. 5 to an Albany County residence, where the officer contacted the victim.

The officer noticed the victim had bruises on her arms and was bleeding from her nose and mouth.

The victim told the officer she and Curby had gotten into a fight earlier that evening, and at one point, Curby held her down on a couch and pressed his arms into her neck. She further stated Curby grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the kitchen, documents state.

According to the documents, while in the kitchen, Curby head butted the victim in the face, causing several of her teeth to come out and cut her mouth. Curby then dragged her to a bathroom, where he placed his hands around her neck and interfered with her breathing until she became unconscious.

Curby reportedly gave several inconsistent accounts of what happened and how the victim received her injuries and denied strangling the victim and suggested her injuries were self-inflicted. Another officer observed a handprint on Curby’s back along with scratches on his face and body and a bruise under his eye, document states.

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