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December 9, 2013

Enid man pleads guilty to domestic assault

OKLAHOMA CITY — A 22-year-old Enid man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a felony domestic violence charge.

Joseph Isaac Pettibone pleaded guilty to a single count of domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He received a three-year sentence, with one year imprisonment and two years probation.

Pettibone will receive credit for time serve served since his arrest in late September. He also will be required to attend batterer’s treatment upon his release.

Pettibone was charged Sept. 24 for beating a woman he has twice been charged with attacking before.

According to an affidavit filed in the felony case, Enid Police Department Officer Joshua Allison was sent to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Sept. 20 on a report of an assault.

Allison spoke with a woman who had bruising around her left eye “the size of a softball,” according to the affidavit. The woman’s arm also was swollen about 4 inches from her wrist.

When Allison asked the woman how she was doing, she began to cry. She told Allison “my boyfriend beat me.” She said she and Pettibone had scrapped metal all day and when she asked for $5, they began to argue and Pettibone grabbed her by the arms.

She said Pettibone threw her around by her arms, and she bit him to get him to let go. She said Pettibone threw her to the ground and as she was getting up he grabbed her by the neck with both hands and began choking her, according to the affidavit. She said Pettibone let her go but took her phone so she could not call anyone. The woman said she ran down the street and borrowed a phone to call a friend.

Allison went to their residence but no one answered the door. On Sept. 21, Allison and Officer Cody Smith saw a car matching the description of Pettibone’s vehicle.

Allison and Smith spoke with Pettibone and told him he was being placed under arrest for domestic battery. Allison noted when Pettibone was told he was being placed under arrest he said “Oh,” but did not say anything else during transport to the jail.

Pettibone also pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor charges of domestic abuse, filed Feb. 21, and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor, filed April 16.

Both of those cases list the same woman as the victim in the felony charge filed in September.

Pettibone received one-year sentences in both misdemeanor cases, which will run concurrent to the felony sentencing.

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