Timothy Marshall pleads guilty to strangling HCMC lab technician

Timothy Marshall, the 45-year-old charged with choking a lab technician in a hospital bathroom, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Tuesday.

Last October, Marshall jumped the technician from behind in a Hennepin County Medical Center bathroom, strangled her to the floor and began punching her in the head, according to Chuck Laszewski, spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Luckily, another person entered the bathroom and helped free the technician.

Marshall was charged with attempted second-degree murder and multiple assaults of varying degrees. His trial was slated to begin Tuesday, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge at the last minute.

He will be officially sentenced July 9, but is expected to get four and a half years in prison, which is an "upward departure from the sentencing guidelines," according to Laszewski.

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