Sentencing was yesterday for a Battle Creek man convicted of several assault charges.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that 49-year-old Thaddeus Markham had been convicted by a jury in July of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault by strangulation, and unlawful imprisonment. The victim, 47-year-old Cadance Gould, testified that she and Markham had been arguing in May 2017 when he punched her in the face and choked her until she passed out; when she woke up she was tied up on a couch, and Markham had a machete and was threatening to kill her and cut her up.

After several hours, Gould managed to convince him to untie her so she could use the bathroom and she managed to escape and get help from a neighbor.

At sentencing Monday, Markham expressed remorse for his actions against a person he “really cared about”; he was sentenced to between 19 and 50 years in prison.