FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A former Fort Wayne police officer was sentenced to more than a year on probation after pleading guilty to strangling his then-wife at home last year after a party.
According to the Allen County Prosecutor's Office, 48-year-old officer Boyce Ballinger was sentenced to one year and 183 days of probation after pleading guilty to felony strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery charges.
He received credit for serving 56 days in jail.
Allen County Judge Steven O. Godfrey sentenced Ballinger on Thursday.
Court documents showed Ballinger and his then-wife were arguing after a party on Oct. 17, 2020.
When they were at home Ballinger placed both of his hands around her neck and pushed her into the wall.
Ballinger was placed on unpaid leave by the Fort Wayne Police Department in November after Chief Steve Reed petitioned to the public safety board.
If Ballinger successfully completes probation with no issues, the felony strangulation charge will be dismissed.