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A Youngstown man has been sentenced to four years in prison for beating and choking his girlfriend.  48-year-old Owen Gunther was sentenced on Wednesday, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault shortly after a jury was selected to hear the  case.

A kidnapping charge was dropped after Judge Lou D'Apolito says it could not be proven that the crime occurred.

Antjaunette Johnson told authorities that Gunther repeatedly punched and kicked her at their Thornton Avenue home, and kept her locked inside the home against her will for six days. According to the victim Gunther tied a rope around her neck, until she passed out.

Gunther has already served six months in jail, and must spend another six months behind bars before he is eligible for parole.

He will also be placed on probation for three years following the completion of his sentence.

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