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Vikings' Chris Cook charged with felony domestic assault

The Hennepin County attorney has filed a felony domestic assault charge against Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. The complaint says Cook, 24, allegedly choked his girlfriend for talking to an ex-boyfriend. A conviction could carry a prison sentence of up to three years.
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The Hennepin County attorney has filed a felony domestic assault charge against Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. The complaint says Cook, 24, allegedly choked his girlfriend for talking to an ex-boyfriend. A conviction could carry a prison sentence of up to three years.

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