A Wautoma man is facing prison time if convicted on felony abuse charges after two charges were filed in Portage in less than a week.
Jesse Dozier, 30, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Monday. A woman at the hearing argued for leniency in bond conditions as charges were amended to a more severe offense.
“I would like the ‘no contact’ lifted because we were supposed to be married (Aug. 8) and he’s actually not a bad guy when he isn’t drinking,” the woman told the court, explaining that she plans for Dozier and her to receive counseling when he is released. “I want to have contact and work things out.”
“The state has no disrespect for her or for her words; I am sure they are heartfelt,” said Assistant District Attorney Christine Genda, explaining that the prosecuting attorney had filed an amendment after it was discovered injuries were more serious than originally thought. “In situations with domestic abuse, we have greater concern in situations involving alcohol. Although contact may be fine when the person isn’t under the influence of intoxicants, once that choice is made, things escalate very quickly as is evidenced here.”
Portage police responded to a report of domestic abuse on midnight July 22, meeting the alleged victim at the Kwik Trip South store. The woman, according to court documents, told the officer that she had been in an argument with Dozier, when he hit her in the face multiple times.
Another officer was called as Dozier was seen walking into the store. As officers placed him under arrest, he reportedly began calling the alleged victim a liar “and many other vulgar terms.”
As Dozier was being taken to jail by a female officer, Dozier reportedly let out a string of threats including, “a number of obscenities and homophobic slurs.”
On July 25, Dozier was charged with felony threatening of a law enforcement officer as a repeated offense, misdemeanor domestic battery and repeated domestic disorderly conduct.
He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and ordered held in lieu of a $250 cash bond.
Two days later, Dozier was cited for felony bail jumping after admitting to calling the alleged victim from jail. The following day, he was charged and ordered to be held on a $1,000 cash bond, with a continuing order to have no contact with the same woman.
When an officer followed up with the woman, it was discovered that a medical examination found that she had suffered a fractured nose and two fractured cheek bones, leading to a charge of substantial battery, which carries a sentence of up to 5½ years upon conviction.
At her request, another bond hearing was held Monday to discuss modification of conditions.
“Your honor, I understand the DA’s argument about me being under the influence, and I’m not going to be getting out of here anytime soon,” Dozier said. “I’m actually going to be going to prison and I’m going to be taking classes, because I do have a problem that I hurt the people that I love the most.”
At the time of his arrest, Dozier was free on extended supervision, on two years of probation for a felony battery by prisoners case that was to follow the two years in prison and three years of supervision for a 2011 theft in Columbia County.
“I’ve made a terrible mistake and I won’t fight the DA’s office,” Dozier said. “I have no plans to try to parade my way out of this, and I plan to accept responsibility and move forward. She and the kids are all that I have and I would like to do what I can to show her that I love her and want to change.”
“The court certainly understands the state’s concerns regarding (her) well-being and protection,” Judge Todd Hepler said. “At the same time, victims should have input and some significant say over their own self-determination and if she does not feel that Mr. Dozier is a threat to her and wants to have contact with him, while that may not be well-advised or may be dangerous to her, we live in a society where she should have the right to make that determination.”