Former Nebraska acting football coach Mickey Joseph pushed, punched and choked his wife and pulled her hair during an argument the couple had over infidelity, Lincoln police allege in a court document filed Thursday.
Lancaster County prosecutors charged Joseph, 54, with one count of assault by strangulation or suffocation, which carries a sentence of up to five years probation or three years in prison. Joseph denied the allegations to police, according to the affidavit. The charge was an upgrade to the two misdemeanors Lincoln police originally cited when they jailed him Wednesday night.
A judge set bail on Thursday at 10% of $20,000, meaning Joseph must pay $2,000 to be released. He posted bail and was released. He was ordered not to have any contact with his wife.
According to the two-page affidavit of Lincoln police officer Steve Redlin:
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Priscilla Joseph, 34, told officers arriving in Lincoln that she and Mickey Joseph had been married for six years. Just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, the two “began arguing about infidelity in the marriage” at their home near 34th Street and Tree Line Drive in south Lincoln.
“Priscilla reported (Mickey) pushed her from the front causing her to fall onto the couch,” Redlin wrote. “Priscilla advised (Mickey) to climb on top of her on the sofa and put his hands around her throat. She specifically said, ‘He pushed me onto the sofa and choked me.’
When officers asked her if she could breathe, she told them, “No, until I push him away.”