Sunmount man guilty of attempted strangulation

MALONE – A Sunmount resident accused of strangling an employee of the Tupper Lake developmental disabilities facility pleaded guilty to an attempted strangulation charge in Franklin County Court Monday.

Christopher Chambers, 26, was indicted in January by a county grand jury on charges of second-degree strangulation, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault.

The charges stem from a Sept. 25 incident, during which a male Sunmount worker saw that Chambers was giving other staff members a hard time and told him to stop, according to the victim’s complaint. Chambers then grabbed the man and dragged him into another room, where he strangled him to the point that he could not breathe. The worker had pain in his neck, a strained neck, dizziness and head pain.

Chambers appeared before county court Judge Robert Main Jr. Monday and pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted strangulation, a class E felony, according to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 20.