Man sentenced for trying to choke, burn girlfriend

Man sentenced for trying to choke, burn girlfriend

Ivan Dimitri Mills ordered to serve 11 years but hopes judge will order probation instead.
A Dothan man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for the attack on his girlfriend and her infant child. Ivan Dimitri Mills, 31, pleaded guilty in October, 2012 to a charge of domestic violence.

Court filing claimed Mills forced the woman and child inside a bedroom closet where he threatened to kill the woman with whom police claim he had an ongoing relationship.

Additionally, police claim Mills tried to choke the victim with his hands and, later, with a T-shirt. He then, according to court documents, went to turn on the stove and plug in an iron with the intent of burning his girlfriend. She then ran from the home.
He was also arrested on child abuse charges but a grand jury determined there was not sufficient evidence to take Mills to trial on that charge.

Mills asked Circuit Judge Larry Anderson to give him probation. A hearing on that matter has been scheduled for April.

Mills was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, $500 to the Victim’s Compensation Fund, and $2,500 in attorney’s fees.

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