Man sentenced for strangling spouse at residence in Japan

By SDCN Editor

A Michigan man was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for assaulting and strangling his spouse at their off-base residence outside of U.S. Army Garrison Japan in Sagamihara, Japan, federal authorities said.

According to court documents, on July 19, 2021, Robert Hammock, 39, of Detroit, and his spouse got into an argument inside their residence. The argument escalated and Hammock punched his spouse in the eye twice, hit her on the head and body, pushed her to the ground, and then strangled her. She was able to escape only when Hammock stopped assaulting her as he attempted to take her cell phone, which she had dropped due to the force of the strangulation. The victim sustained injuries, including bruising around her eye and on her cheekbone, and lacerations on her neck.

On May 4, Hammock pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of assault of a spouse by strangulation.

Army CID investigated the case.

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