Cheyenne Man Jailed in Strangulation Case Charged With Stalking
A 36-year-old Cheyenne man who was arrested in early August for allegedly strangling his fiancée is now facing a felony stalking charge.
According to arrest records, Jeffrey Dale Harrison was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 2, after reportedly getting into a physical altercation with his fiancée at their home.
The woman reportedly told a Laramie County Sheriff's deputy that Harrison grabbed her head and squeezed it as if attempting to smother her.
She said that Harrison was squeezing for approximately a minute and let go after being scratched and hit.
The woman also reportedly told the deputy that Harrison had strangled her twice in the past two weeks to the point she passed out and woke up on the floor, but she was scared to call law enforcement because she was worried he would hurt her worse.
Harrison was slapped with a protection order less than two hours after his arrest, but the following day, Aug. 3, reportedly called the woman three times from the jail -- at 10:06 a.m., 10:48 a.m., and 11:37 a.m. -- and left a voicemail saying, "Hey, it's me."
He was arrested and later that afternoon charged with two counts of strangulation and one count of domestic battery - second offense within five years.
The case was subsequently bound over to Laramie County District Court and Harrison was arraigned last Tuesday, Sept. 5, and his jury trial set for January.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Harrison, who's still in jail, was again arrested for violating the protection order by attempting to contact the victim by sending two letters via the United States Postal Service and leaving three voicemails on her cell phone.
He made his initial appearance in Laramie County Circuit Court this morning, Sept. 12, on three misdemeanor counts of violating a protection order and one count of felony stalking.
His bond was set at $5,000 cash and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Thursday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m.
This isn't Harrison's first brush with the law.
He was sentenced in October 2015 to 42 months in federal prison for charges stemming from an armed standoff with law enforcement at a home north of Rock Springs where he had been living.