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Fort Mill man accused of choking estranged wife

A Fort Mill man in custody today faces life imprisonment after police said he kicked in his estranged wife’s door before choking and throwing her into a pantry door, according to police reports.

Now, Khriston Lee Hallman, 24, of 833 Archie St., faces three charges: criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated, first-degree burglary and simple assault and battery, according to a report from the Rock HillPolice Department.

First-degree burglary carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life, Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson of the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said. That means if convicted on all charges,Hallman could be sentenced to life in jail, Thompson said.

The incident marks the third time this week a Fort Mill man was charged in a criminal domestic violence-related crime.

Earlier this week, authorities charged 17-year-old Michael Anthony Atkinson with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature; malicious injury to personal property and hindering an officer, according to a Web site maintained by the York County Sheriff’s Office. Atkinson, whose bond was set at $14,000, remains in custody today at York County Detention Center.

Authorities also charged Fort Mill’s Gary Vance Walker, 49, with criminal domestic violence-related charges, according to the Web site. A judge set Walker’s bond at $2,500. He remains in custody today at detentioncenter.

Also this week, Eric Neal Patton, 24, of Fort Mill was accused of holding his former girlfriend at gunpoint and assaulting her, police said. He faces two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, two counts of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, and pointing and presenting a firearm, according to police.

In the latest incident, police responded on April 8 to a domestic assault involving a 37-year-old Rock Hill woman who told police that Hallman arrived unannounced at her apartment to talk about divorce paperwork. But the talk turned into an argument with the woman retreating inside her apartment, where she locked the doors, the report notes.

The woman told police that Hallman banged on the door, telling her to come outside to talk. Then the door was kicked in, according to the report.

The report notes that the woman told police Hallman grabbed her around the neck while she was holding their 1-year-old son. According to the report, Hallman choked the woman and pushed her into a pantry door beforethe woman fell, losing her grip on their son.

She was then picked up and punched in the face before being thrown into a washer and dryer, the report notes. The woman managed to break free, grab the couple’s two children and flee the apartment for help, according to the report.

The woman was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, the report notes.

Hallman left the scene but later came to the Rock Hill law center to talk to police. The report notes that Hallman told police that his estranged wife attacked him. The report further notes that Hallman admitted to kicking the door in and attacking her.

Hallman was booked at the detention center on April 9. Bond was denied for the criminal domestic violence and first-degree burglary charges, a detention official said.

A judge set Hallman’s bond at $470 for the simple assault and battery charge, according to a Web site maintained by the sheriff’s office.

Hallman’s first court date could come as early as June 9, the detention official said. Hallman remained in custody today at the detention center.