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Fear for her life...a domestic abuse story

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) --  Last year, Minnesota saw the lowest number of domestic violence deaths in 20 years, but 18 is still far too many.

"It was like a light switch flipped and he jumped on top of me and his hands were around my neck." In the early morning hours of January 6th Michelle Green said she found herself a prisoner in her own home.

"I pictured my children's faces, I didn't think I'd ever see them again." Somehow Michelle was able to escape from the grips that she thought would end her life.

She made it to a neighbor's house and at 4 a.m. police arrested 29-year-old Amelioleona Mitchell for domestic abuse. He was immediately taken into custody, only to be let out three months later.

He roams the town where Michelle's house is located. "Every noise, every car door, every  anything, I feel like I'm a living nightmare."

Originally Mitchell was facing four felonies and a gross misdemeanor but as part of a plea bargain he will only be sentenced to one of those charges, and that sentence may not even require him to serve time.

"I feel like they are letting people off too easy. How many chances does a person get...before it's too late," Green said.

Amelioleona Mitchell had a criminal record long before meeting Michelle. In 2002 Mitchell was charged with felony 3rd degree assault, in 2004 damage to property and in 2005 another assault. In 2006 Mitchell was locked up after charges of criminal sexual conduct for forcing sex on someone.

He was let out in 2010 and that's when Michelle met him.

"Then I wake up now I'm thankful that I have my life everyday...more so than I've ever been before," Green said.

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