A Mason City man charged with choking a woman and throwing knives at police has been given a suspended 10-year prison sentence. 

Joshua James Martin, 35, was put on probation Monday after pleading guilty to felony counts of domestic abuse assault by strangulation and interference with official acts while displaying a dangerous weapon.

He also was sentenced to 30 days in jail on a misdemeanor count of assault. 

At about 7:54 p.m. March 10, Martin got into an argument with a woman at a residence on the 1000 block of 1st Street Northeast.

According to court documents, Martin hit the woman on the left side of her face before grabbing her by the throat. Mason City police noted in the criminal complaint the the woman had a visible injury to her throat and face.

Mason City Police responded to the home for the domestic disturbance.

“Martin was agitated and threatening officers with large knives,” court documents said.

Martin allegedly refused police commands to drop the knives.

“Officers used less lethal options against Martin who then began throwing the knives at officers missing by a couple feet,” court documents said.

Martin originally was charged with two counts of felony assault on persons in certain occupations while using/displaying a weapon, two counts of felony interference with official acts - dangerous weapon and one count of felony domestic abuse assault impeding air/blood flow causing bodily injury.

As part of a plea agreement, the assault on a person in certain occupations charge was reduced to assault. 

Martin also agreed to plead guilty to the domestic abuse charge and one of the interference with officials acts charges. In exchange, the other charges are being dismissed. 

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