LIMA — A Lima man who attacked his former girlfriend with a hammer and a knife will spend the next five years behind bars.
Jarvis Lewis, 29, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court Tuesday and accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and a single count of domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree. In exchange for those pleas, prosecutors dismissed two identical remaining counts against Lewis.
All four counts were contained in a grand jury indictment that alleged Lewis on two separate occasions attacked his former girlfriend at her residence in the 2300 block of North Cole Street. The incident that resulted in the domestic violence charge took place on Nov. 23 of last year, when the Lima man strangled Renaissance Phifer, with whom he had been involved in a “spousal relationship,” according to court documents. Assistant prosecutor Ken Sturgill said Lewis choked Phifer “to the point of rendering her unconsciousness” and said Lewis’ actions resulted in a trip by Phifer to a local hospital for treatment.
As a result of that incident, Allen County Children Services implemented a “safety plan” that prohibited Lewis from being at the residence, according to court records.
But on Dec. 8 Lewis returned to the residence, under what Sturgill said was the guise of retrieving some of his belongings. An argument ensued between the pair and Phifer told police that Lewis struck her in the head with a hammer, punched her in the face, ripped out her hair and cut her hand with a kitchen knife.
Sturgill praised Phifer for her willingness to contact police after the second assault and to be present in court on Tuesday. He asked Judge David Cheney to impose a six-year sentence upon Lewis.
Defense Attorney John Hopkins acknowledged his client’s extensive history of prior criminal convictions but nonetheless requested a lesser term of incarceration for Lewis. Cheney settled on a 12-month prison term on the domestic violence charge, to be served concurrently with a five-year sentence for felonious assault.
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