A Victor man faces felony aggravated kidnapping and assault charges after allegedly beating and strangling his wife to the point she lost consciousness and thought she would die.
Donn M. Jessop, 33, appeared Monday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey.
An affidavit filed in the case said the woman came to a neighbor’s home at 2 a.m. on Oct. 25 “bloody, crying and saying her husband had beaten her.”
The woman told the sheriff’s deputy who responded that she and Jessop had been driving around the Fred Burr area for a couple of hours, arguing.
She said Jessop “kind of snapped” after drinking what she estimated to be about 24 beers.
The victim said the couple had gotten out of the truck and Jessop allegedly pushed her to the ground and slammed her head into the pavement, the affidavit said.
The woman told the officer that Jessop put his forearm around her neck and choked her until she lost consciousness. She said she thought she was going to die, according to the affidavit.
When she awoke face down on the pavement, the affidavit said, Jessop picked her up by the hair and threw her into the truck. Once back in the truck, the woman said Jessop reached over and choked her again. She said she kicked out the windshield to get him to stop.
The woman said she attempted to get out of the truck several times, but the only way to open the door was to roll down the window and open it from the outside.
Jessop locked the windows and doors so she couldn’t do that.
During the several-hour-long argument, the woman said Jessop strangled her with his hands, forearm and feet.
When the couple arrived home, Jessop left the residence. The woman said she jumped the fence and ran to the neighbor’s house for help.
Officers observed a laceration to the victim’s chin that was being stitched up by a doctor at the time of the interview. They also observed bruising on her eyes that the victim said was due to Jessop punching her in the face.
Officers reported the woman’s voice was affected by the alleged strangulation. The victim had blood covering most of her body, the affidavit said.
When Jessop was arrested at his residence, officers observed objects strewn around the house and red spots on the floor that appeared to be fresh blood. They also saw the truck’s windshield had been kicked out from the passenger’s side.
Jessop provided a breath sample of .157 BAC at the time of his arrest.
In Montana, a person is considered legally drunk with a blood alcohol content of .08.
In addition to the two felony charges, Jessop also faces a misdemeanor count of partner or family member assault.
Bailey set bail at $100,000 with a requirement that Jessop wear an alcohol monitor.
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