Sunmount man pleads not guilty to strangling worker

TUPPER LAKE – A Sunmount resident pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he strangled, assaulted and unlawfully imprisoned a Sunmount employee last September.

Christopher Chambers, 25, was indicted by a grand jury in January on charges of strangulation in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree and assault in the third degree. He appeared again in Franklin County Court last Tuesday.

According to the victim’s complaint, the male Sunmount worker saw that Chambers was giving other staff members a hard time, and he told him to stop. Chambers grabbed the man and dragged him into another room, where he strangled him to the point that he could not breathe, according to the complaint.

The worker had pain in his neck, a strained neck, dizziness and head pain, according to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

Chambers is back at Sunmount, according to Assistant District Attorney David Hayes.

Hayes said attorney Anson Rhodes asked Judge Robert Main Jr. to evaluate Chambers as to whether he is fit to stand trial. Main declined the request but left it open for Rhodes to make a written motion requesting the evaluation.

Hayes said Chambers “was coherent and at least appeared to completely understand the proceeding.”

Chambers is due back in court Thursday.

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