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An Oconomowoc man stands accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend shortly after the two broke up and telling her he wished she was dead.

Alexander Dzian, 28, was charged Feb. 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, both as domestic abuse and repeat offenses.

Online court records show Dzian has a handful of prior convictions on his record including one each for battery and knowingly violating a domestic abuse order or injunction.

According to a criminal complaint, the latest charges stem from a Feb. 12 incident. That's when police spoke to the victim outside Ben Franklin Crafts, 1083 Summit Ave., where she told them what happened.

The woman reportedly told police that Dzian attacked and choked her around 6 p.m. inside in their shared apartment in the 1100 block of Lowell Drive.

She said in the complaint that she and Dzian had recently ended their relationship and that she was planning to move out and return a car they bought together to a dealership.

According to the complaint, Dzian strangled her after she explained to him that she had left the extra set of car keys at a friend's house.

Dzian lunged on top of her, grabbed her throat and held his hand over her mouth and nose, the complaint said.

The victim said Dzian then told her "(he) wished (she) would die," according to the complaint. Officers noted she had red marks on her neck when discussing the incident with them, the complaint said.

Dzian drove to his father's home in Menomonee Falls after the incident, and that is where police took him into custody.

He reportedly told an officer during an interview that the victim had lied, that he never touched her and that she sent him nude pictures later the same day.

Court records indicate that Dzian was released on cash and signature bonds the same day he was charged. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 17

He's facing up to 8 years behind bars and $11,000 in fines if convicted.

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