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Repeat Coeur d’Alene felon convicted for attempted-murder

A Coeur d’Alene man who attempted to strangle his girlfriend last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempted murder and multiple felony convictions.

An ex-girlfriend told authorities she feared for her life when Kenneth E. Schleining, 38, choked her until she was unconscious at a Post Falls gas station in September, according to a Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office news release.

When she woke up, he told her to go back to sleep because she would be dead soon, reports said. She fought Schleining and escaped.

Althought Kootenai County District Judge Fred Gibler sentenced Schleining to 15 years in prison for attempted murder, he earned another 10 years because of his extensive criminal history, the news release showed.

Schleining was convicted of felony aggravated battery in 2005 when he slit the throat of a girlfriend who was trying to break up with him. He later had sexual relations with a minor while on parole from prison.

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