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Leesburg man accused of confining, beating and strangling woman

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 10:29 pm

A Leesburg man is accused of beating and strangling a woman and holding her in a house against her will for nearly three days.

Shane Lee Senter, 37, was arrested Friday night on charges of criminal confinement and strangulation, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

Officers went to a house in the 300 block of Smith Street after receiving a call from someone who said a neighbor might be in danger from Senter. Once they arrived, deputies could not get anyone to come to the door. They were able to reach Tamara Wood by telephone and determined she was under duress. Senter then spoke to officers on the phone and agreed to leave. While they were speaking with him, the victim left the house. She seemed disoriented, with noticeable bruises covering her face and neck, according to police.

Wood was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital in serious but stable condition. She told police she had been confined to the house for almost three days. During that time, Senter allegedly struck her several times and strangled her almost to the point of unconsciousness.

Senter was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail and preliminarily charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and strangulation. He is being held on a $100,000 bond issued by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.