Pell sentenced to prison

CLINTON — A Clinton man was ordered to serve a sentence of incarceration for up to five years for domestic abuse-assault and false imprisonment.

Jaycob L. Pell, 31, 301 N. Bluff Blvd., appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for domestic abuse-assault, third or subsequent offense, a Class D felony; and false imprisonment, a serious misdemeanor.

District Court Judge Patrick McElyea ordered Pell be committed to the custody of the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections of a period not to exceed five years for the assault charge and not to exceed one year for the false imprisonment charge.

The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. He was given credit for time served in the Clinton County Jail in connection with the case. Fines of $750 and $315 were both suspended. Pell was advised he is not eligible for parole until serving a minimum term of one year pursuant to Iowa Code. A no-contact order was issued. Pell was ordered to have no contact with the victim for five years.

According to the affidavit, at 9:59 a.m. March 9, officers received a report of a disturbance at Pell's residence. A female stated Pell would not allow the victim to leave and was physically assaulting her. The victim had numerous bruises on her face and neck. The victim stated she and Pell were romantically involved and lived together in the past year.

The affidavit states the victim reported she received a Facebook message from another male March 8. Pell saw the message and called the victim several derogatory names. He then punched and choked her. The victim said Pell would not let her leave the residence. He told the victim he was going to hold her hostage and kill her if the police showed up. The victim said Pell assaulted her several more times. A criminal history check showed Pell had two previous domestic assault convictions.