Brett Daniel Candelaria

Brett Daniel Candelaria

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A 32-year-old Missoula man accused of kicking and repeatedly strangling his girlfriend remains in Missoula County jail after his bail was set at $50,000 on Friday.

Brett Daniel Candelaria was arrested Thursday and is charged with aggravated assault and criminal endangerment, which are felonies, as well as a misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault.

According to a court affidavit, officers responded to the Sleepy Inn Motel around 3:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report that a woman had been assaulted. An officer spoke to Candelaria in his room, who denied any assault and said his girlfriend had stolen money from his wallet and left.

Police left the motel, only to be called back shortly afterward for a report of a strangulation. The alleged victim had bruises on her face, neck and chest, according to police, and said she had been too scared to talk with officers when they had first arrived. She was taken to the hospital.

At the hospital, the officer said the woman had dried blood on her mouth and bruising all over her body, particularly along her neck and jawline. She said that during an argument, Candelaria threw her to the ground, kicked her and strangled her to the point of unconsciousness several times.

In Missoula County Justice Court on Friday, deputy county attorney Selene Koepke requested a $50,000 bail for Candelaria. She said while the alleged victim wanted to continue to have contact with him, prosecutors wanted the judge to order Candelaria not to contact her.

Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway imposed the bail and restrictions, adding that if Candelaria posts his bond, he must be placed on GPS monitoring.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for The Missoulian.