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Duluth man pleads guilty to attemped murder of ex-girlfriend

A Duluth man with no prior criminal record has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend. Matthew Paul Shober pleaded guilty on Monday in State District Court to attempted first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse with...

A Duluth man with no prior criminal record has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Matthew Paul Shober pleaded guilty on Monday in State District Court to attempted first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse with a past pattern of domestic abuse.

The 21-year-old victim initially was hospitalized in serious condition after the May 30 assault at the Miller Hill Mall.

Judge Sally Tarnowski ordered an Arrowhead Regional Corrections officer to investigate Shober's background before sentencing on Aug. 13.

The complaint alleges that Shober told an investigating police officer: "I kicked her in the temple after I was done choking her and she slumped down into a sitting position against the wall and then I kicked, slashed, stomped her on the cheekbone area. After that, I came back to reality."

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The defendant further stated that he sexually assaulted the woman with his fingers in an attempt to cause her more emotional pain, the complaint alleges.

Shober told the officer that he remembered telling the woman: "This is what you get." The defendant said, "She was starting to fade. I don't know why I couldn't stop because I knew what I was doing the whole time."

Shober reported the incident to police dispatchers just before 10 p.m. May 30, saying that he had attempted to kill the woman. He said she was breathing but in much pain and not moving much.

When officers and first responders arrived, the victim was lying with her head near two pools of blood. A police officer said the victim said a person she identified as "Matt" "choked me."

She told the officer that Shober was her ex-boyfriend and that they had been in a significant romantic relationship for about a year. She reported that she had recently decided to end the relationship because of his pattern of abusive behavior.

The woman said Shober had punched and attempted to strangle her two to three weeks earlier and had again attempted to strangle her a few days earlier.

The alleged victim said Shober came to her place of employment at the mall about 8 p.m. She said he began confronting her about seeing anyone else. He also began to apologize for what had happened to their relationship.

The woman then began crying and shaking and told the officer: "He told me, 'You're going to die,'" the complaint alleges. He said he was going to kill her and slammed her backward into the concrete and stone wall of a store entrance. She said she thought she was going to die and fell unconscious.

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The woman was suffering from many symptoms of strangulation, including having a painful throat, raspy voice and a swollen tongue. She said she passed out because of lack of oxygen. The officer observed the presence of petechial hemorrhaging in her eyes.

The woman also had visible injuries to her neck and throat, as well as the left side of her face and right cheek, including what appeared to be a shoe imprint on the side of her face.

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