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Published September 20, 2012, 02:49 PM

Grand Forks Man Appears on Wife-Choking Charge

Jonathan Goodrun, Grand Forks, appeared Wednesday in state district court on a felony charge of aggravated assault involving his wife.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

Jonathan Goodrun, Grand Forks, appeared Wednesday in state district court on a felony charge of aggravated assault involving his wife.

According to Grand Forks police, they responded to a call from Goodrun’s wife at the couple’s home on Great Plains Drive about 8:40 a.m., April 24.

Kristin Goodrun said Goodrun, 25, had pinned her down and choked her, causing her pain, and leaving red marks on her neck and a cut on her lip, marks noted by police, according to the complaint.

She said Goodrun frequently assaulted her, including the night before, leaving bruises on her arm also noted by investigators.

But Goodrun denied it, saying while they argued, he had not assaulted her.

According to court documents, on April 30 he violated a no-contact order put in place April 25 and also failed to appear this summer for a hearing. An arrest warrant was issued last month and was served last week. He remains in the Grand Forks County jail.

He has pleaded not guilty to the Class C felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. State District Judge Joel Medd set a pre-trial conference for Goodrun for Nov. 8.

Goodrun has a criminal record the past seven years including felony burglary and criminal trespass convictions in Fargo and a misdemeanor conviction for an assault involving domestic violence, also in Cass County, according to court records.

Goodrun told the court last spring he had not been working since last year because of a back injury and that his wife made $600 a month at her job.

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