BENNINGTON -- A Manchester man charged last week of strangling a woman pleaded guilty a few days later and was given suspended and deferred sentences.

Keith D. Rowe, 42, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor domestic assault, and first degree aggravated domestic assault. The state dismissed a charge of interfering with access to emergency services.

Rowe was given a nine- to 12-month suspended sentence on the misdemeanor domestic assault charge, while the aggravated charge he got the sentence deferred for two years, meaning it gets removed from his record if he does not violate the law within that time period.

He was also placed on probation.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, they spoke to a woman being treated at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center who said Rowe had pulled on her hoodie, strangling her, then hit her in the face.

She said this was because she asked him for a hug when he did not want to give one.

The woman was reluctant to speak with police, who obtained much of their information from her friends, who she did speak to.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.