By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man with three prior battery convictions will serve five years in prison for battering a woman.
During an Aug. 1 jury trial in Kosciusko Superior Court One, Jordan Alexander Scott, 31, Warsaw, was found guilty of domestic battery with a child under 16 present, domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, and intimidation, all level 6 felonies; and invasion of privacy, a class A misdemeanor.
The jury found Scott not guilty of domestic battery to a person less than 14 years of age by a person at least 18 years of age resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony; and not guilty of strangulation, a level 6 felony.
Scott was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court One on Thursday, Aug. 31.
For each domestic battery charge, Kosciusko Superior Court One Judge Karin McGrath sentenced Scott to 2 1/2 years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Scott also received a two-year DOC sentence for intimidation and one year in DOC for invasion of privacy.
The domestic battery charges will be served consecutively; Scott’s additional charges will run concurrently to one another and also concurrently to the domestic battery charges.
In total, Scott received a five-year DOC sentence. He has 61 days of jail time credit. A no-contact order between Scott and the victim in this case remains in effect. Scott’s sentence will also be served consecutively to a separate criminal case for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
When asked if he intends to appeal his sentence, Scott said he did. A public defender will be appointed to assist Scott in his appeal.
At sentencing, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hampton asked Kosciusko Superior Court One Judge Karin McGrath to impose consecutive sentences for Scott’s domestic battery charges. He requested this since the acts occurred on separate days.
Scott gave no statement in court.
McGrath noted Scott’s prior criminal history, lack of remorse, and committing the batteries while out on bond in another case as aggravators.
On Feb. 25, a Warsaw Police officer responded to a domestic incident. A witness said she was driving when she saw a woman and child yelling for help.
According to court documents, the officer noticed the woman’s eyes and right cheek were bruised. At the time of this incident, there was an active no-contact order prohibiting Scott from contacting the woman.
The woman told the officer the most recent incident of physical violence with Scott began on Feb. 24, when Scott hit the woman multiple times. He also threatened to kill the woman and her children.
On Feb. 25, Scott used his elbow to hit the woman’s head and legs while she held a child. The woman sustained abrasions and bruising to her eyes, neck, ear, and leg.