Paris man gets 30 months in prison for assault on wife in November 2012

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Paris man with prior convictions for domestic violence has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after assaulting his wife in November 2012.

Billy Jo Tucker, 31, of 10540 Oak St., was sentenced recently by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow. He pleaded guilty in January to one count each of domestic violence, a third-degree felony, attempted intimidation of a crime victim or witness, a fourth-degree felony, and violating a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Enlow ordered Tucker to serve 30 months in prison on the domestic violence conviction, with a one-year prison sentence for intimidation and a six-month jail term for violating a protection order to run concurrent, which means all the sentences will be served at the same time.

When Tucker assaulted his wife on Nov. 16, 2012, the charge became a felony because he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in Portage County Municipal Court in October 2002 and July 2005.

A Portage County grand jury indicted Tucker on three felony charges -- domestic violence and intimidation of a crime victim, both third-degree felonies, and menacing by stalking, a fourth-degree felony -- on Dec. 7.

It was alleged that in the week after he assaulted his wife, Tucker violated a protection order four times by having contact with her or other protected parties, stalked her and attempted to intimidate her into not pursuing charges, according to his indictment.

Tucker was rejected for addiction and behavioral counseling and treatment by the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren, Enlow said.

Tucker's attorney, Leonard Hazelett of the Portage County Public Defender's Office, said in court the initial incident involved alcohol. He also said Tucker has served "several stints" in the Ohio prison system.

Enlow said Tucker would receive credit for at least 69 days served in the Portage County jail, but left determination of the final number up to the Portage County Sheriff's Office after Hazelett said by his count, Tucker already had served 104 days.

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