19 year-old Ryan Ramos is in the Missoula County Jail charged with felony aggravated assault, after allegedly beating and strangling his girlfriend over several hours, during which time the victim feared for her life.

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Brittany Santorno asked Judge Marie Anderson for $25,000 bond.

"The defendant poses a large danger to the community," Santorno began. "He strangled his victim into unconsciousness, assaulted her for three hours and would not let her leave the premises. The victim reported that she believed the defendant might kill her, and she has bruising on her legs, arms, neck, chin, ribs, hips and back. The defendant also admitted to this offense on a recording which the victim took. The victim is extremely frightened that the defendant will be released and harm her further."

While Ramos was appearing in Missoula Justice Court via video from the jail, the victim entered the courtroom and was in a severe state of agitation. She was shouting about the defendant's location, fearing that he might physically be in the courtroom, and when a family member attempted to help her sit down, she yelled loudly that 'it hurts...it hurts'. She was eventually led out of the courtroom and cared for by family members.

Ramos was charged with felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of partner or family member assault. The felony assault charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Judge Anderson set bail at $25,000 and ordered Ramos to have no contact with the victim, either in person, or through any electronic media. His next court appearance was set for April 25.