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Crime & Courts

Cortland man charged after using chokehold in fight

Jorge A. Martinez-Flores, 30, of Cortland
Jorge A. Martinez-Flores, 30, of Cortland

SYCAMORE – A Cortland man was released from jail on his signature Tuesday after police said he punched another man at put him in a chokehold until he passed out on the Fourth of July.

Jorge A. Martinez-Flores, 30, of the 300 block of South Somonauk Road, is charged with aggravated domestic battery stemming from the fight. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

According to court documents, the victim reported to police that Martinez-Flores punched him twice in the face and, when the victim tried to get away, Martinez-Flores came up behind him and put him in a chokehold. The victim told police that as he passed out, he thought he was going to die, according to court documents, later waking up on the floor.

According to court documents, the victim reported that Martinez-Flores said to not call the police or the victim would be deported.

Judge Robbin Stuckert released Martinez-Flores on his signature Tuesday, with the additional restrictions of pre-trial supervision and to have no contact with the alleged victim. He was also told any threats of revenge would be considered witness tampering.

Martinez-Flores, appeared in court Tuesday via closed-circuit TV and said he intended to hire a lawyer.

He is next due in court
Sept. 6.

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