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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.

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