GREAT FALLS — A man has been charged in Great Falls after he allegedly tried to strangle his son.
According to court documents, John William Keppler’s son ("Doe") told him that Keppler's girlfriend did not want to be with Keppler anymore and that Doe was going to start a relationship with Keppler's girlfriend.
Keppler got angry and began hitting and choking Doe; Doe told police that he fought back and tried to get Keppler away from him. Doe also said that he was afraid he was going to pass out and that he was "seeing stars."
Keppler’s wife and the girlfriend confirmed to the officer Doe's account of what happened and affirmed that Keppler had assaulted Doe. Police also noted in an affidavit that red marks on Doe's neck were consistent with attempted strangulation.
Keppler told police that Doe hit him first.
Court documents also noted Keppler has a domestic violence conviction and his criminal history includes disorderly conduct, intimidation, and at least one violation of an order of protection.
Keppler has been charged one felony count of strangulation of a partner or family member.