Hudson man reaches plea in assault case
NASHUA – Initially charged upon his September arrest with one felony and nine misdemeanor assault offenses, Hudson resident Jonathan Moore agreed on Monday to enter guilty pleas to the felony and five of the misdemeanors in exchange for a sentence of three to six years in State Prison.
Moore, 30, most recently of 1 Edgar Court, Hudson, was arrested about an hour and a half after a woman went to Hudson police headquarters to report she had been strangled and assaulted numerous times, and named Moore as the assailant.
On Monday, Hillsborough County Superior Court-South Judge Charles Temple accepted Moore’s guilty pleas to one count of felony second-degree assault – domestic violence, and five counts of domestic violence, Class A misdemeanors.
His sentencing order includes receiving credit for 119 days of pre-trial confinement, bringing his minimum sentence to roughly two years and eight months.
Moore may also shave another six months off his minimum sentence by entering, and successfully completing, the prison’s Focus program, which involves drug and alcohol treatment and other self-help initiatives for inmates.
Prosecutors as part of the deal agreed to dismiss the remaining four misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
Police said at the time that the victim told officers she went to Moore’s home to talk to him after he sent her a text message informing her he was ending their relationship.
When the woman told Moore she didn’t want the relationship to end, according to police reports, Moore became aggravated, and when she went to give him a hug, he allegedly “went into a boxing stance and punched her” twice in the ribs.
He then allegedly “grabbed (the woman’s) upper body and threw her into the back of a couch, causing her to flip over the couch,” police reported.
When the woman got up, Moore allegedly forced her face-down on the floor, climbed on top of her and allegedly “wrapped both of his hands around her neck,” making it “extremely difficult” for her to breathe, according to the reports.
The woman told police that when she got up off the floor, Moore allegedly “threw pasta in her face, rubbed more pasta on her face, then spit in her face and said he hated her,” the reports state.
At that point, the woman told police, she left Moore’s residence and went to police headquarters.
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