Belfast Man to Prison for Choking Woman, Holding Machete to Throat

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - A man from Belfast who held a machete to a woman's throat and threatened to kill her and her three children will spend the next six years in prison.

41-year-old Shawn Kivlin pleaded guilty this week to aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault and terrorizing.

A plea deal was worked out while jurors deliberated at the end of his three-day trial.

Kivlin was arrested last December, just after Christmas.

Authorities say he choked the woman and put the machete to her neck while holding her down on a bed.

He also assaulted one of the children.