Man Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison

A 29-year-old Redding man has been sentenced for multiple violent felonies in a domestic battery case. In January of 2013 Branden Gagnon was arguing with the victim outside their home off of Highway 273 between Redding and Anderson. Gagnon knocked the woman to the ground and dragged her inside, where he strangled her with a piece of wire until she lost consciousness and nearly died. Gagnon then called 9-1-1 and said he had discovered her hanging in an apparent suicide attempt. When the woman woke up she denied the suicide story and a sheriff's office investigation found it to be implausible. During the six week trial that ended in April the victim testified about years of abuse by Gagnon, including earlier that same month when he assaulted her with a knife and threatened to kill her in the presence of a young child. Gagnon was found guilty of 6 felonies and on Friday he was sentenced to eleven years in state prison. He must serve at least 85% of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.