Brandon Gene Bruckner

CHEYENNE – A Cheyenne man is accused of strangling and beating up his girlfriend after she refused to have sex with him.

Brandon Gene Bruckner, 31, was arrested June 28 by Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with two counts of applying pressure on the throat or neck, two counts of domestic battery, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.

His preliminary hearing in Laramie County Circuit Court was Friday, after which he was released on a $5,000 bond.

According to court documents:

Bruckner and the victim got into an argument after she refused to have sexual intercourse with him. He left the bedroom and went into the living room for an unknown period of time.

Bruckner then returned to the bedroom and demanded to see the victim’s phone and bank card.

The victim refused, and Bruckner started to hit her on the back of her head. The victim told deputies she was unsure of the amount of times she was hit. The victim then tried to leave the bedroom, where the fight was occurring, and Bruckner pinned her down on the bed. There were red scratch marks on her chest from him pinning her down with his forearm.

While she was pinned, he grabbed her throat and yelled “I’m going to kill you” numerous times at her. He then covered the victim’s mouth with his hand.

The victim bit his hand to try to get him to let go of her. Bruckner removed his hand from her mouth and then continued to choke her from the back of her neck. The victim managed to roll Bruckner over and off her, but then he pushed her head into a pillow.

All this time, he continued to yell at the victim, telling her that he was going to kill her.

The victim said throughout this attack she had an extremely hard time breathing, and it was the scariest moment in her life. She said she believed Bruckner was going to kill her.

She begged Bruckner to stop attacking her, and he let her go. She ran into the bathroom, and Bruckner continued to demand her phone and told her, “If you think that was bad, it will be nothing compared to what I’ll do next if you don’t give me your phone.”

The victim threw her phone into the living room and ran next door to her friend’s house and called law enforcement.

When deputies arrived, they viewed several injuries on the victim, including multiple contusions on the back of her head and a scratch near her chin.

When officers made contact with Bruckner, he told them he was acting in self-defense, and they should arrest the victim for biting him.

Officers arrested Bruckner, and when they took him to jail, they found a crystal substance in his pockets that was presumed to be methamphetamine.

Isabella Alves is the Wyoming

Tribune Eagle’s criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at or

307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter @IsabellaAlves96.

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