A Casper man is accused of repeatedly hitting and choking a friend of his ex-wife.

Thirty year old Bryan Gutierrez has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and battery...two of them with a drawn deadly weapon, and one charge of DUI fourth offense.

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in June,  police officers responded to a report about a fight on North Jackson Street.

According to his ex-wife, she and Gutierrez went drinking that night.

When they returned to a residence in Mills, they got into a fight.

She called a friend to pick her up and go to Gutierrez's mother's place on North Jackson Street to pick up her son.

Gutierrez began following them in his vehicle, tailgating her, and trying to ram it and force it off the road.

When the two women got out of their vehicle, Gutierrez had arrived in the area.

He then began striking her friend in the head and face a half dozen times and began choking her.

The ex-wife was able to get her child, and Gutierrez began attacking her friend again.

When they got into their vehicle, Gutierrez also pushed his way in and told his ex-wife he would kill her.

The friend told police that Gutierrez had assaulted his ex-wife on numerous occasions.

When questioned by police, Gutierrez repeatedly told them "'nothing happened,'" according to the affidavit.

He is being held on $50,000 bond awaiting trial, and could face up to 10 years in prison on each of the aggravated assault and battery charges, and up to seven years in prison on the DUI 4th offense charge, if convicted.

Natrona County Prosecutors said Gutierrez has a previous history of violence, and will seek the habitual criminal tag, which could increase his prison time to anywhere between 10-to-50 years.