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Lower Brule man sentenced to federal prison for trying to suffocate and choke woman last fall

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PIERRE, South Dakota — A Lower Brule man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for an attack on a woman that authorities say left her begging for her life.

Thirty-seven-year-old Cameron LaRoche was accused of attacking the woman after drinking at a relative's house last August. Authorities say he hit the woman repeatedly with his fists, tried to smother her by pushing her face into a mattress then choked her until she couldn't breathe.

The woman suffered a wrist injury that required a cast.

LaRoche pleaded guilty in January in federal court to assault by strangulation and suffocation. Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says LaRoche was recently sentenced to 20 months in custody to be followed by two years of supervised release.

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