New Era man pleads ‘no contest’ in strangulation case.

September 17, 2018

Joshua Jenkins with defense attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

New Era man pleads ‘no contest’ in strangulation case.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A 23-year-old New Era man pleaded “no contest” Monday, Sept. 17, in 27th Circuit Court to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder/strangulation.

Joshua Samuel-Thomas Jenkins, of 2953 Tahoe Trail, faces a jail term not exceeding three months, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Jenkins pleaded “no contest” because he was intoxicated at the time of the assault and can’t remember what happened, said his attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

Jenkins choked the victim to point that she couldn’t breathe, said Judge Bradley G. Lambrix.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-9 months. The maximum penalty for the charge is 10 years in prison.

Jenkins’ criminal history is minor, Bizon said. The victim in the case has not been in contact with his office, he said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 9 a.m..

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