PINEDALE — A man living in Bondurant is charged with strangulation of a household member and 13 separate counts of domestic battery — each based on specific injuries that he allegedly inflicted on a woman who was living with him.
Mark S. Estrada remains in custody since his Sept. 13 arrest, with bond set at $500,000 cash or surety.
On Sept. 13, the Elkhorn Lodge owner called Sublette County dispatch, asking for a deputy to come help the woman who lived with his tenant Estrada so she could gather personal belongings because she was afraid to go into the apartment alone, according to affidavits filed in the case.
Sgt. Jack Killey said the “very frightened” woman had multiple bruises on her face and hands, and he called Sublette County EMS to come to Bondurant.
When Sublette EMS arrived, a deputy took the woman to the ambulance while others covered possible exits and arrested Estrada, who was “highly intoxicated” and would not come to the door, according to Killey’s affidavit.
The woman had black eyes, finger-shaped bruising, patches of hair pulled out, older bruising over her back and bruises from her knees to ankles on both legs, according to the affidavits. She was taken by ambulance to St. John’s Health.
Deputies asked the woman about blood spots in her eyes and bruises around her neck. She said that Estrada closed both hands around her throat for about 10 seconds on Sept. 12.
Sublette County Deputy Attorney Clayton Melinkovich filed 16 charges against Estrada on Sept. 16 in Circuit Court. Estrada faces the felony strangulation charge as a “habitual offender” with two previous felony convictions, one for stalking in Campbell County and one for assaulting a peace officer in Pueblo County, Colorado.
The strangulation charge as a habitual offender has maximum penalties of 10 to 50 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Estrada is ordered to have no contact with the woman or anyone from the Elkhorn Lodge.