FORT EDWARD -- A Salem man who allegedly attacked a woman he knew, choking her in front of two children, was convicted Friday of four charges after a four-day trial in Washington County Court.

Wayne D. Maxam, 29, was found guilty of felony strangulation and misdemeanor counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

A Washington County jury found him guilty in connection with an incident where he choked a woman unconscious and repeatedly hit her with two young children, ages 3 and 5, nearby, officials said.

Maxam put her in a choke-hold, and the attack ended after her children awoke and she was able to get away from him, authorities said.

He faces a mandatory state prison sentence because he has a prior felony for a marijuana sale, for which he was on parole at the time of his arrest.

He is to be sentenced by Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan on June 28 and faces up to 7 years in prison. The District Attorney's Office said in a news release that it will seek the maximum term.

Washington County Assistant District Attorney Devin Anderson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by State Police. Washington County Assistant Public Defender Christian Morris represented Maxam.

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Enough with the "allegedlies" and "police saids" in this one. He was found GUILTY by a jury of his peers. He Did It.


Yes, people need to be honest about domestic violence. It is a real problem in this world.

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