Man sentenced to three years in prison

Jermaine Jones

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal man was sentenced Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court to three years in prison after convictions on offenses arising from a domestic violence incident on May 19.

The defendant, Jermaine Edward Jones, 41, was sentenced as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a family member, at least the third such offense recorded against him, and had his probation revoked as a result.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Anna Hammond agreed to drop charges of abduction by force, use of a firearm in a felony and possessing a weapon as a convicted violent felon in exchange for the guilty pleas.

Hammond told Judge Ronald Napier that the evidence in the case showed that a woman, identified in court documents as Jones’s girlfriend, tried to call 911 but the defendant prevented her from completing the call.

Police were able to track the location of the call to an apartment at 609 S. Royal Ave.

“By the time the officers located the source of the call, the defendant was gone,” Hammond said.

Authorities say Jones and the woman were arguing about his drinking when he moved toward her with raised arms and a gun on his hip.

A court document says that Jones pulled the gun from a holster, pointed it at his girlfriend’s stomach and waist area, and threatened to kill her and her children. She yelled at him to get out of the residence, the court document says.

Authorities say Jones punched her twice in the face and held her down with the gun on her leg and hip area. She tried to call 911 but Jones grabbed the cell phone from her and threw it as he held her down, court records say.

An officer who arrived at the scene after Jones left found the victim with a bump and bruising on her forehead, the complaint states.

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