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Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Strangle Pregnant Woman

By Kerry Longobucco.
A man accused in a January standoff in Johnson City pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation Tuesday morning in Broome County Court.

Alpha Ketchatcham, 27, will spend 18 months to three years in state prison, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Ketchatcham admitted to trying to strangle a female victim, who is pregnant with his child. Ketchatcham told the judge the dispute began when he brought another woman to an apartment at 19 Main St. in the village.

Johnson City Police responded to the scene, and a three-hour standoff with authorities ensued. A SWAT team was brought in, and a negotiator was able to get the woman, and a small child, out safely.

Police say Ketchatcham failed to surrender. He was found hiding under a kitchen sink, and taken into custody.

Ketchacham was originally charged with second-degree strangulation, first-degree coercion, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. Those charges were reduced to attempted strangulation as part of the plea deal.

If Ketchatchum had turned down the deal and been convicted in trial, he would spend a minimum of five and a maximum of seven years behind bars.

He will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on May 17th in Broome County Court.