On September 17, a jury found defendant Joseph Ames guilty of two felony violations of corporal injury to a relationship partner.

The domestic violence occurred in July 2017 and February 2018 in Union City. In July 2017, the defendant became angry and started destroying items in the household. When Jane Doe went to record him to show him what he looked like when he was angry, the defendant took the phone from her and assaulted her. He slammed her head into the wall, picked her up and slammed her back into the kitchen table, and choked her. She went to the hospital to treat her injuries.

In February 2018, the two got into an argument and the defendant once again picked injured Jane Doe by picking her up and slamming her down onto a nightstand table. She went to the hospital for treatment, where she had rib contusions and/or fractured ribs.

The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on a third count of corporal injury to a spouse.

DDA Lori Mullins prosecuted the case, with aid from Victim-Witness Advocate Lindsay Reynolds and Inspector James Morris. Ames is expected to be sentenced on October 8, 2021 in Department 709.

Posted on Sep 20, 2021