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Gresham man changes plea in assault case

Gresham man changes plea in assault case

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YORK – Thomas A. Jones, 30, whose address is listed in court documents as both Gresham and Crete, was initially charged with third degree domestic assault (enhanced to a felony because of a previous conviction) and five counts of committing child abuse negligently without injury.

This week, he changed his plea to no contest regarding the assault charge and the remaining counts against him were dismissed.

According to court documents, the case was investigated by the York County Sheriff’s Department after they were contacted by a woman who said she was assaulted by Jones in Gresham.

Court documents indicate that the woman called them during the early morning hours of Jan. 26, to report the alleged assault. She said she had driven herself to a location in Lincoln and the investigating deputy asked her to come to the sheriff’s department in York.

According to court documents, the woman arrived at the sheriff’s department at 3 a.m., and the investigating deputy said the woman had an eye injury as it was turning black and was swollen. It is also documented that the woman had a red and swollen left cheek.

The woman told investigators that Jones grabbed her by the hair and dragged her, and then punched her in the face with a closed fist.

The woman said he left her in a room of a house where she remained for a time before she was able to leave the scene with her children who were also in the house, according to court documents.

The investigating deputy said the sheriff’s department interviewed Jones and he told them he pushed the woman and didn’t know if he touched her face or not.

It was also noted that he was convicted of third degree domestic assault on Aug. 31, 2016, in Seward County. That previous conviction heightens the charge against him to the felony level.

He is now facing a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 22, in York County District Court.

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