A Sutherland resident is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the alleged abuse of his wife in their home on the night of Aug. 31.

According to a sheriff’s affidavit filed in Lincoln County Court, there is evidence that Leopoldo Balderrama-Munoz put a noose around his wife’s neck and hung her from a rafter in their garage.

The hanging was not fatal but the woman had bruises on her neck to corroborate those of a tight rope, as well as other injuries, the sheriff’s affidavit says.

According to the alleged victim, the violence began after the couple had argued about money. They went separate ways after supper, sheriff’s investigators said. The woman reportedly fell asleep. Balderrama-Munoz allegedly went into the garage and fashioned a noose from a lasso. Then he awoke the woman and forced her into the garage.

He allegedly called her names, punched her and yelled at her, then pulled the rope tight, lifting her off the ground.

Investigators are not sure how long she was suspended, but eventually he let her down to the floor, where she fell down. He reportedly tied her hands behind her back with a zip tie, and yelled at her, kicked and punched her.

The woman eventually made it back to the house, where the couple’s two children watched as she was caught trying to leave, threatened again, and kept from leaving by the alleged assailant, the affidavit says.

Investigators found bruises that were indicative nor only of the rope on her neck, but also of a zip tie around her hands and kicks to the abdomen.

She told police that she feared for her life during the ordeal.

Balderrama-Munoz is also charged with an immigration violation and requires an interpreter for the court proceedings. Public Defender Robert Lindemeier will represent him, according to court records.

His bond has been set at $1 million.  

Balderrama-Munoz was charged with attempted first-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a crime, false imprisonment, terroristic threats and child neglect, according to sheriff’s records.

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