Carlton man, a former cop, sentenced for strangulation assault of girlfriend
A former part-time police officer and security guard was sentenced this week to 90 days in jail for assaulting his girlfriend. Travis William Lindberg, 32, of Carlton also faces a one-year prison sentence if he fails to meet terms of his probatio...
A former part-time police officer and security guard was sentenced this week to 90 days in jail for assaulting his girlfriend.
Travis William Lindberg, 32, of Carlton also faces a one-year prison sentence if he fails to meet terms of his probation. Lindberg was sentenced Monday in Carlton County Court on one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation for assaulting his girlfriend earlier this year. Lindberg pleaded guilty to the charge on June 6. A misdemeanor charge of domestic assault with the intent to inflict bodily harm was dismissed.
Judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Lindberg to one year and one day of incarceration, but as part of the plea agreement stayed the sentence for three years of probation. Lindberg will, however, be required to serve 90 days in jail (with credit for three days already served), pay a $500 fine, have no contact with the victim, complete the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, be subject to random searches, not consume alcohol and not possess any firearms.
Macaulay ordered that Lindberg serve the first
45 days of his sentence in jail and indicated the rest may be staggered, depending on the outcome of a Dec. 5 review hearing to determine if Lindberg has been in compliance with the terms of his sentence.
Lindberg was formerly a part-time law enforcement officer with the city of Babbitt, a civilian security officer who worked at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth and an on-call EMT/firefighter with the Carlton Fire Department. Lindberg has reportedly been terminated by the city of Babbitt and the Carlton Fire Department because of the charges and suspended from the 148th Fighter Wing.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Lindberg's girlfriend told Carlton County Sheriff's deputies the two got into an argument about Lindberg's daughter March 24. During the argument, the victim alleged that Lindberg got very angry and grabbed her by her throat and pushed her backward into a room. The woman told authorities that she was "terrified" and she was unable to breathe. She said she then barricaded herself in the room until Lindberg calmed down.
She said she and Lindberg tried to talk about what happened, but Lindberg once again became angry and started to "throw things around the apartment." After that episode, the girlfriend decided to report the incident to authorities, who went to Lindberg's address, questioned him and subsequently arrested him.