NEWPORT — A 22-year-old Derby Line man will serve 1-5 years behind bars after facing sentencing last Thursday.
In court, Jacob Roy pled guilty to one count of 1st degree aggravated domestic assault, one count of domestic assault, and one count of reckless endangerment.
According to court records, Roy changed his plea to guilty on the morning his jury trial was set to begin.
The case was investigated by Detective Jennifer Harlow of the Newport Police Department.
According to court records, Roy was accused of physically abusing someone he was in a relationship with, on one occasion punching her in the eye.
During a separate incident, while arguing with the victim he allegedly accelerated his truck at high speeds, reaching 72 mph between BAART and Columbia Forest Products. In an affidavit filed by Detective Harlow, the victim stated at that time she was terrified and scream at Roy “not to kill her.”
The victim told police the abuse would occur at a minimum once a week, describing Roy’s anger as “instant rage.”
Roy has no previous criminal record.
The Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office is reminding the public if you’re in a violent relationship and would like to make a report to law enforcement, call Newport Police Department (334-6733), Orleans County Sherriff’s Department (334-3333) or the Vermont State Police (334-8881).
If it’s an emergency, call 911.
The Advocacy Program at Umbrella (334-0148) provides resources and support to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.