The Richmond Register


April 6, 2013

Man pleads guilty to violating DVO, attacking ex-girlfriend

RICHMOND — A man who forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s Richmond home, despite the fact she had a domestic violence order against him, pleaded guilty to several charges Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Jonathan E. Decoster, 24, of Berea, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and violation of a domestic violence order.

Decoster also pleaded guilty in another case to theft by unlawful taking. The state recommended a total sentence of six years in prison for both cases.

He originally was charged with first-degree burglary, which carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Decoster was arrested Jan. 24 after police investigated a report of an assault at a North Third Street apartment.

The woman told police Decoster had attacked her, according to the RPD report. She also said the two had been arguing via telephone and text throughout the day.

At 7:55 p.m., she heard a knock at her door. When she opened it slightly, it was Decoster and he pushed his way into the home, the report stated.

He struck his ex-girlfriend in the stomach with his fist, then shoved her into a door frame and punched her in the back, according to the RPD.

Decoster released the woman and left the apartment after the attack.

Decoster admitted during his change-of-plea hearing that he had had violent “physical contact” with the woman, which was prohibited by the domestic violence order.

Attorney Justin Hoskins asked that his client’s bond be reduced from $15,000 to $5,000 with an ankle monitoring device while he awaits sentencing.

Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith opposed any bond amendment, and Logue declined to reduce the bond.

Decoster is set for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. May 9.

Text Only
  • 4-16 Lisa Begley.jpg Police: Woman drove through storage business gate

    Richmond police arrested a Lexington woman Monday night after the property manager at Main Street Storage said she repeatedly drove her vehicle into a gate and fence at the 455 E. Main St. business.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • $250,000 wrecker stolen

    A representative of Barger’s Wrecking Service, North Porter Drive, reported to Richmond police Sunday that a black, 1996 Peterbilt wrecker with company logos on it was stolen from the business’ parking lot. The wrecker is valued at $250,000, according to the police report.

    April 15, 2014

  • Man involved in double slaying dies in prison

    A Richmond man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to participating in a double slaying in Lincoln County died in prison Monday.

    Neccolus Mundy, 32, died less than a week after being found unresponsive in his cell at Northpoint Training Center, according to The Associated Press.

    April 11, 2014

  • Two charged with prostitution and indecent exposure

    Two people were charged Wednesday evening after they were observed engaging in sexual activity related to prostitution in public, according to Richmond police.

    April 10, 2014

  • 4-10 Eric Cromer.jpg Man charged with intimidating witness in court case

    A Rice Court man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly threatened the former owner of a pet that his dog killed in February, according to the Richmond police.
    Eric S. Comer, 42, was charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process and third-degree terroristic threatening.
    Cromer was served March 16 with a summons to appear in court to answer a complaint charging him with harboring a vicious animal, according to the police report.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • BPD: Man burglarized wedding shop

    A Richmond man was charged April 3 with burglarizing a business owned by his former employer.
    Steven McKinney, 20, was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
    Berea officers were called to Jobee’s Wedding Shop on Richmond Road after receiving a report of a burglary. The business owner told police a man had entered through the back door early that morning and attempted to get into the safe. He left without taking anything, the owner told police. She also told police she recognized the man as McKinney from surveillance video footage.

    April 9, 2014

  • 4-10 Meth bust.jpg Five charged in Bel Air Motel meth bust

    A methamphetamine lab bust at the Bel Air Motel in Richmond led to the arrest Wednesday morning of five people.

    April 9, 2014 6 Photos

  • RPD: Man assaulted, stalked wife

    A Hawthorne Drive man was charged Monday with stalking and assault following a domestic violence incident.
    Richmond police also charged Jason A. Cole, 30, Hawthorne Drive,with third-degree terroristic threatening and violation of a Kentucky domestic violence order.

    April 8, 2014

  • 4-8 Hank SpicerWEB.jpg Man charged with striking woman in head with bottle

    An Irvine man was charged with felony assault Saturday after police say he hit a woman in the head with a beer bottle the previous day.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richmond business owner pleads guilty to trafficking

    A Richmond business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to receiving a package of marijuana at his downtown tailor shop as part of a drug-selling scheme.
    Darryl Ballard pleaded guilty to a charge of trafficking in marijuana (less than 5 pounds). Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended  a sentence of three years in prison diverted for two years provided Ballard has no further violations of law.

    April 6, 2014