A Laramie man has been arrested and charged with domestic battery and false imprisonment.

According to the Laramie Police Department, on July 6 at about 7 p.m., officers responded to a report of a physical domestic situation.

Officers investigated and arrested James E. Buchanan, 34, and charged him with felony domestic battery and false imprisonment. Buchanan’s bond was set at $1,000 and he remains at the Albany County Detention Center.

The LPD says a person is guilty of false imprisonment if they knowingly and unlawfully restrain another so as to interfere substantially with their liberty. False imprisonment is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both.

A household member is guilty of domestic battery if they knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another household member by using physical force. Domestic battery is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both, if the person has been convicted of domestic battery two or more times or has been convicted of domestic battery and any similar offense against another household member in the past 10 years.

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