A Shreveport man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday, September 26, 2023, for attempting to strangle his wife.


Joe Butler Jr., 31, was sentenced by Caddo District Judge Chris Victory to eight years in prison for an  August 24, 2021 assault on his wife during which he choked her to unconsciousness after she confronted him about smoking synthetic marijuana in their home. Butler attacked his wife in their bathroom, strangling her while three minor children, ages 11, 7 and 4, stood on the other side of the bathroom door. The wife regained consciousness and escaped to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911.


Butler, who pleaded guilty to the charges August 16, 2023, was sentenced to 10 years in prison at hard labor for domestic abuse battery with serious bodily injury, with a multiple offender provision. He was sentenced to four years on each of three counts of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment, to be served concurrently with each other but consecutive to the bodily injury conviction.


The court also granted permanent protective orders to the victim and the minor children.


Butler was defended by Dick Dave Knadler. He was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Britney A. Green, Christopher Bowman and Ron Christopher Stamps.


The case was docket No. 386600.