By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – A verbal argument turned violent on Sunday, Dec. 18 as a male suspect attempted to choke a female victim at a residence in the 2900 block of N. U.S. Hwy. 287.

Robert Orme, a 25-year-old Crockett resident, was arrested, taken into taken and booked into the Houston County Jail on one count of assault/family violence with a previous conviction after an argument with his victim escalated.

In a statement to Houston County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the victim alleged she and Orme were in an argument when he followed her into a bathroom and slammed her head against a wall.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, “He (Orme) then pulled her hair and shoved his fingers down her throat to make her stop crying. Orme then lost his temper again and started pushing her and grabbed her by the throat and choked her.”

While he was being questioned by law enforcement officials, Orme “… admitted that he had covered her mouth and had kept her from breathing because he was mad at her. In that confession, he admitted this had happened several times before.”

The assault/ family violence charge with a previous conviction is considered a second degree felony. Under Section 12.33 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 20 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Orme is held at the Houston County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.