A felony charge of domestic battery has been amended to a misdemeanor battery charge for a Ketchum man who was arrested on Oct. 21.

McKitrick L. Burse, 45, was initially charged with the felony after the alleged victim testified that she and her husband had gotten into an argument and he had grabbed her by the throat during the argument, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Officer Alexander Romashko.

A preliminary hearing for the felony offense was scheduled for Dec. 23, but that same day an amended criminal complaint was filed by the prosecution amending the charge to a misdemeanor. Burse is now scheduled for a pretrial conference for the misdemeanor on Feb. 3, at which time he could plead guilty to the amended charge.

If convicted of the amended charge, Burse would face a maximum sentence of six months and a fine not to exceed $1,000.