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McHenry man gets 6 years for choking ex-girlfriend

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man who faced attempted-murder charges for trying to strangle his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

Steven Henshall, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery and one count of domestic battery, a misdemeanor, as part of the plea deal accepted by Judge Sharon Prather. The charges of attempted murder and other counts, including unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, were dropped.

A charge of driving with a revoked license from an incident in 2011 also was dismissed.

According to an order of protection filed by the victim, at 11:15 p.m. Aug. 24 she pulled up to Express Employment Professionals on Virginia Road in Crystal Lake to drop off her time card. She said she got out of her truck, which she left running with the driver’s door open, and walked to the drop box. When she turned around, she saw Henshall running at her. He had been hiding in a Dumpster, she said.

She said Henshall started choking her, saying he was going to kill her and that he “owned” her.

She was able to loosen his hands from her neck, scream and get away, but Henshall caught her and started choking her again, hitting her head repeatedly on the blacktop, she said.

Four men came around the corner and yelled at Henshall to let her go, and she was able to fend him off until police arrived.

Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said police chased Henshall and that he struck one of the officers.

Prosecutors allege Henshall had grabbed the victim’s neck and threatened to kill her a week before the incident, and physically and verbally abused her throughout their relationship. They said Henshall also tried to get into the victim’s home about a month before the attack and only left after she pretended to call 911.

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