• Man charged with repeat assault
     | April 26,2013

    BARRE — A Granite City man is facing another aggravated domestic assault charge after being convicted of the same charge against the same woman in February 2012.

    Jason R. Batchelder, 28, pleaded not guilty to the felony Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

    According to an affidavit, police went to Batchelder’s residence on Washington Street in March on a report of domestic assault. An officer said he could hear yelling coming from the residence and that as he entered, the woman came to him and said she had been assaulted.

    She told police she had arrived to pick up some things and that Batchelder started arguing, pushed her and struck her in the head.

    Batchelder told police he was on probation for the domestic assault conviction and was barred from having contact with the woman, according to the affidavit. He told police he and the woman started arguing and that she threw her phone at him.

    Police said he told them that as he tried to get her out of the apartment, she grabbed his hand, and that when he pulled away she fell down.

    Batchelder has a felony conviction listed as “conspiracy — drug,” but the records check did not elaborate. His many misdemeanor convictions include disorderly conduct, simple assault, leaving the scene of an accident, attempt to elude, disturbing the peace and two counts of unlawful mischief.

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