Attleboro Repeat Domestic Abuser Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
September 13, 2023

A 34-year-old Attleboro man who violently assaulted his girlfriend last April was sentenced recently to serve four to six years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Kellie Koehler pled guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with Strangulation-subsequent offense, Intimidation of a Witness, Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Over the Age of 14 and Domestic Assault and Battery.

During a sentencing hearing held last Friday, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Cahill argued for an eight to 10 year state prison term, while the defendant requested two years in the county jail.  Judge Raffi Yessayan sentenced the defendant to serve four to six years in state prison, to be followed by three years of supervised probation.  The defendant will have to register as a sex offender, must complete a domestic batterer’s program and will be fitted with a GPS monitoring device upon his release from prison. 

On April 17, 2022, the victim was out in Boston with her friends until approximately 2am. When she got home, the defendant sexually molest here despite her pleas for him to stop. After being pushed off of her, the defendant then tried to pull down victim’s pants with enough force to rip them. Because she didn’t want to have sex with him, the defendant assumed that the victim was cheating on him. The defendant punched, slapped, head-butted, and strangled the victim. At one point, the defendant held victim down on the bed by her neck. 

The victim attempted to have her Alexa device call police during the altercation, but the defendant ripped it out of the wall. The victim was eventually able to text her adult son to call the police. When police arrived, the victim ran out of the front door towards officers. Defendant was in the doorway yelling for the victim to stay in the house. Due to past abuse, the victim has a video camera that points at her bedroom door. A recording from the camera shows much of the assault as described by victim.

“The defendant committed A violent and irrational  assault against the victim who he has continued to abuse during their five year relationship. He clearly is a danger to the victim and needs to be locked up to protect her,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications