4 years in prison for assault

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Shalersville man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a serious assault on his ex-girlfriend in January.

Chester F. Holcomb II, 21, of 2647 Hadley St., recently was sentenced to prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, in Pittman's courtroom in August and faced a maximum of eight years in prison.

Pittman gave Holcomb credit for 87 days served in the Portage County jail awaiting trial, fined him $300 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, Ashley M. Douglas.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the incident occurred at Holcomb's residence on the morning of Jan. 2 when Holcomb accused Douglas of dating other people.

Holcomb "began striking (Douglas) in the face, pulling her hair (and) punching her," he said, and destroyed her cellphone to prevent her from calling 911.

Holcomb's mother "yelled at the two to 'Quit it,'" and asked them to leave the house, Vigluicci said. Holcomb and Douglas, with blood running down her face, got into her car and left.

Douglas said she needed to go to the hospital, and on the way to Robinson Memorial in Ravenna, Holcomb continued to grab her hair. He also suggested they make up a story to tell the nurses at the hospital, he said.

Once at Robinson Memorial, Douglas was taken for X-rays and scans. She and Holcomb initially told Ravenna police officers they had been "jumped," or attacked, by several people at a Circle K convenience store, Vigluicci said.

However, once officers got Douglas alone, she told them the real story. She said she lied at first "because she was afraid of what would happen to her later if she told the truth, what (Holcomb) would do," he said.

Douglas suffered a broken nose, a closed head injury, cuts and bruises to her face and required stitches, he said.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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