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Dorris gets 180 days for attack on girlfriend
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A man who previously assaulted his mother and threatened to kill her dogs has now received his third domestic assault charge after preventing his girlfriend from leaving a hotel room and attacking her. 

Timothy Wayne Dorris, 42, will spend a total of 180 days in the Warren County jail. He was sentenced to serve 90 days for third offense domestic assault and 90 days for violating probation with both running consecutively.

On Nov. 30, 2019, Officer Bobby Anderson of the McMinnville Police Department responded to a call from McMinnville Inn on Sparta Highway in reference to a physical domestic assault. After arriving on the scene, officers made contact with Rhiannon Barnes, who stated she and her boyfriend, Timothy Dorris, had been arguing for the past three days.

Police Chief Bryan Denton stated, “Officers received a call to the McMinnville Inn, and the victim claimed the couple had been arguing for several days. Dorris had been drinking, and when the victim attempted to leave, she claimed he wouldn’t let her out. Another person called the police, and Dorris was arrested for striking the victim.”

Dorris threw a bag of books at Barnes, and she went into the bathroom where she began vomiting. While inside of the bathroom, Dorris threw a television remote at her. Barnes began to run out of the room, and Dorris chased after her onto the balcony. The officers placed him under arrest for being the primary aggressor. 

“We have dealt with Dorris several times over the past summer, and we take domestic assault and violence very seriously,” says Denton.

Dorris was previously convicted in October 2017 for domestic assault for threatening to kill his mother’s dogs with a ham knife and threatening her over a $400 check.