DECATUR — A Decatur man who choked and battered his sick wife because she would not get out of bed to fix him a meal was sentenced to 24 months' probation at a Macon County Circuit Court hearing.

Adam L. Agee, 42, pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation, a Class 2 felony. The case had been scheduled for a trial with Agee pleading not guilty to that charge, and also denying charges of unlawful restraint and domestic battery involving physical contact.

Agee appeared in court March 4, however, and said he was ready to accept a plea deal negotiated by his public defender, Scott Rueter. That deal saw both the unlawful restraint and physical contact domestic battery charges dismissed.

Agee was also sentenced to 60 days in the Macon County Jail but, with credit for 60 days already spent in custody, he will serve no extra time.

A sworn affidavit filed in the case by Decatur police said Agee had attacked his 48-year-old wife on the morning of Nov. 17 in their Decatur home.

Officer Edward Cunningham described how the woman had been laid up in bed sick for two days, but Agee wanted her to get up and cook him a meal because he said he was hungry.

His wife did get up, but grabbed her purse, keys and coat and was planning to leave instead. Agee was described as becoming enraged, sitting on his wife’s chest to prevent her moving before choking her to the point where she told police she had to gasp for air. She kicked out at him to free herself and eventually managed to flee outside and find help at a nearby gas station, the affidavit said.

In addition to the other penalties, Agee was ordered to pay $200 into a fund that helps domestic violence victims and attend a counseling program for batterers.

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