- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 35-year-old Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to five years in prison for beating, choking and kicking a teenager after their vehicles collided.

Ryan Linehan was sentenced Monday. He had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of willful injury.

According to prosecutors, Linehan was driving in Council Bluffs just before midnight on April 25 when he struck a pickup after cutting it off. Police say the driver of the pickup, 15-year-old Joe Sturm of Crescent, Iowa, pulled over and got out of his car.

According to authorities, Linehan also stopped and attacked the teenager by choking him until he was unconscious, then put him down on the street and punched and kicked him. A friend of Sturm’s had been driving two vehicles behind him and recorded the incident on his cellphone.


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