Summit County man convicted of assault
Ryan Summerlin July 3, 2012
A Summit County jury convicted a local man of third-degree assault and theft after he attacked his girlfriend at her residence last year.
The jurors deliberated for just over three hours June 28 before finding Jamison Amos Wold, 35, formerly of Breckenridge and Frisco, guilty of third-degree assault, criminal mischief and theft, all misdemeanors, as well as possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
In total, Wold could face up to five years in county jail and fines for the charges.
Wold was charged after he attacked his girlfriend of approximately one month in December of 2011.
The couple had reportedly gotten into a verbal argument at a bar prior to the incident, according to a statement on the case from the District Attorney’s office.
Wold returned to the victim’s residence after the fight and became belligerent when she came home and told him to leave.
He began screaming obscenities at her and pushed her from behind as she tried to walk away. She turned to face him and he punched her in the nose, knocking her to the ground, where he began repeatedly kicking her.
She begged him to stop and threatened to call the police, according to the DA statement.
Wold then took her cellphone and jacket to prevent her from calling or going for help and broke a number of items, including a window, before leaving the house.
The victim was left lying on a couch for an hour before her roommate came home and called the police.
She recounted the story to two of her roommates, a police officer and medics that evening, but later recanted, saying she’d gotten drunk and caused her own injuries.
An expert from a domestic violence advocacy organization explained the under-reporting of domestic violence cases to the jury at trial and the psychology of victims who change or recant their stories.
He testified that victims often want the abuse to stop but do not want to end the relationship, according to the statement.
Wold claimed he’d never hit the victim, but said she had hit him in the head with a wine bottle and stabbed him in the back with a staple gun.
He had no injuries to prove his claims, according to the DA statement.
Sentencing is set for July 16.