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Man pleads guilty to domestic violence assault

Staff reports • Feb 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was arrested over the weekend on accusations he assaulted his girlfriend who is six months pregnant pleaded guilty in Sessions Court to two counts of domestic violence assault and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Todd Lee Hicks, 35, 2044 Old Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City, had originally been charged with one count of domestic violence assault, one count of assault with a viable fetus as a victim and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge John Walton fined Hicks $250 and fees on the drug paraphernalia charge and a combined total of $50 and fees and on the two assault charges. Hicks was placed on a year’s probation, ordered to attend domestic violence counseling and alcohol and drug counseling and to have no violent contact with the victim.

Carter County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Freeman was dispatched to Hicks’ residence on Sunday night. He spoke with Jamie Lee Nunley, 24, who said she tried to wake up Hicks a short time earlier to talk about money and other problems they had. She said Hicks became angry and began yelling and denying paternity of the child she was expecting. She said he then struck her several times in the face with his fists. She said he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the bedroom, where he struck her several more times in the face before she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house, where she called her mother, who called 911.

After Freeman arrested Hicks, he conducted a pat down and discovered a broken glass pipe in his back pocket. Freeman also arrested Nunley on an outstanding warrant charging her with violation of probation.

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