A person is guilty of strangulation in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, as defined in section 121.11 of this article, and thereby causes serious physical injury to such other person.

Terms Used In N.Y. Penal Law 121.13

  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.

Strangulation in the first degree is a class C felony.