A Natrona County man will avoid prison time, after admitting that he battered his wife and told a 911 operator that nothing happened.

Joseph Polzer was given an eight-to-10 year suspended prison sentence with four years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to one felony charge of influencing, intimidating, or impeding jurors, witness and officers, one misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and one misdemeanor charge of interference with emergency calls.

Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in late June 2015, Polzer, his wife and a witness were working on a vehicle, when Polzer became angry about something, then pushed his wife into the garage and grabbed her by the throat.

The witness started to call 911 on her cell phone, and when Polzer realized it, he turned his attention to her and chased her down and took her phone.

The call managed to get through and Polzer told the 911 operator that it was an accidental dial and everything was fine at the residence.

When police arrived, they were informed of what happened, and noticed various fresh injuries on Polzer's wife.

When interviewed Polzer said he had accidentally activated the emergency dial feature on his phone, however the caller ID that 911 operators received at the time, showed a different number that wasn't Polzer's.

At his sentencing hearing, Polzer said there were some inaccuracies in the police's version of the events before the incident took place, and added that he took the plea deal, so that others wouldn't get in trouble.