An Idaho Falls man was sentenced to probation Tuesday for hitting and choking a woman in December.
Jordan Haack, 28, was arrested after Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to his residence. The victim told deputies Haack had hit her in the chest and face and choked her. A sheriff’s office news release said she had an injury near her eye. Haack was charged with attempted strangulation and felony domestic battery. The attempted strangulation charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Bonneville County Assistant Chief Deputy Prosecutor Penny North Shaul said in court that Haack had been arrested for domestic violence once before and was charged with a misdemeanor. She argued his history warranted a rider program.
Shaul added that Haack was not taking responsibility for the abuse, pointing instead to his depression and his failing relationship.
“When I read that, what I hear is him kind of pushing the blame off on her, like it’s her fault because she didn’t make him feel good about himself,” Shaul said.
The prosecutor recommended Haack be sentenced to a rider program, drawing a sharp response from Defense Attorney Rocky Wixom.
“I think it’s been a long time since I heard a sentencing recommendation that I think is so over the top,” Wixom said.
Wixom said Haack had made more effort than most of his client’s to confront his behavior and seek help. He said this was Haack’s first felony.
District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. asked Haack if he was a different person since the December incident. Haack said he was, and that the arrest changed his family life.
Haack was sentenced to 45 days in jail and five years on probation. He was given an underlying sentence of two to nine years in prison if he violates his probation.