HAMILTON – A 69-year-old man with martial arts training is facing felony charges after he allegedly strangled his 71-year-old sister to the point of passing out several times during a confrontation last week.
Roger L. Labbe appeared before Ravalli County Justice Robin Clute Monday on a charge of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor family member assault. Labbe lives with his sister in the Stevensville area.
Apparently, sometime close to 2 p.m. Friday, the pair started arguing. The woman threw a book at Labbe, and court records said he responded by pinning her down and strangling her. The victim told officers that Labbe was pressing on pressure points on her neck until she would start to pass out and then would release the hold, telling her all along that he could kill her any time he wanted, records said. She said he reapplied the pressure a number of times.
Labbe allegedly told officers that after his sister threw two books at him, he held her down and slapped her. He said the woman was struggling and attempting to scratch him.
“She was swearing at me and going crazy so I grabbed her, put her on the bed and slapped her,” said Labbe, according to the court documents. “It’s what she needed, a nice slap.”
Clute set bail at $15,000.