SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man who strangled a woman during a domestic violence incident in Southington, cutting off her ability to breathe, was sentenced to probation on Thursday after completing an alcohol program. Joshua Werner, 41, was given a suspended sentence during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, after accepting a plea deal in November that exposed him to three years in prison. The deal - which called for guilty pleas to charges of third-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree unlawful restraint - also allowed Werner to avoid prison time if he was successful in treatment, court officials said. Werner entered his pleas under the Alford doctrine, meaning he disputes the allegations. He was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison, suspended, and 18 months of probation. Court officials said the victim was onboard with the plea bargain, saying she wanted the 41-year-old to get alcohol treatment. According to police, Werner and the victim were involved in an argument on Sept. 2 at a home on Beecher Street. During the incident, police said, Werner put one hand around the victim’s neck and used the other to cover her nose and mouth, cutting off her ability to breathe. Werner stopped the attack when a witness walked into the room, according to police. He left the home and was later involved in a car accident on I-84 in Plainville, police said. He was taken to an area hospital and charged about two weeks later in the domestic incident. Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.