Burlington man accused of strangling found guilty of lesser charge

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A Burlington man accused of strangling his girlfriend was found guilty Wednesday of a lesser assault charge.

The Burlington Times-News reported that Superior Court Judge James E. Hardin Jr. sentenced 25-year-old William Agee Heyward to 75 days in jail for assault on a female.

The paper reported that Heyward stood trial for assault inflicting serious injury by strangulation, a felony, and misdemeanor assault on a female.

The victim testified that she was sleeping on March 10 when Heyward woke her by punching her in the face, strangling her and throwing her on the floor at 3 a.m.

She said she could not breathe and that he claimed she was cheating on him.

The Burlington police took photos of her injuries which included bruises on her face, neck, ribs and back.

The jury deliberated several hours before finding Heyward guilty. The trial began Tuesday and lasted one day.

Read more: The Burlington Times-News.

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