A Council Bluffs man could spend more than a decade behind bars on kidnapping charges.
Joshua Jackson, 28, was sentenced to 15 years on charges of domestic strangulation and two counts of willful cause of bodily injury as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to Jon Jacobmeier, chief deputy Pottawattamie County attorney. Each charge carries a five-year sentence and the agreement called for the terms to be served consecutively.
There is no mandatory minimum amount of time Jackson must serve, Jacobmeier said.
Jackson was accused of holding his 20-year-old girlfriend hostage from Dec. 17-19, beating her with his fists and feet, pulling her hair out in clumps, biting her multiple times, whipping her with an electrical cord, and more, according to police. She suffered a broken nose and eye socket, perforated eardrum, retinal detachment, concussion, pancreatic contusion and burn marks.
"It shows the brutality that happened in this case. This is a classic case of the complicated relationship between a victim and her abuser, who happens to be someone she loves," Jacobmeier said.
"We're glad she finally broke the cycle and went to authorities."
The defendant had originally been charged with first-degree kidnapping, which carries a sentence of life in prison without parole.
"I am pleased that the charge of first-degree kidnapping was completely dismissed," Jackson's attorney, Peter Tinney, said of the deal.