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Ross hears domestic assault cases
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With the holiday season arriving, the number of domestic assaults heard in General Sessions Court hit an unusually high number with 10 cases heard this past week by Judge Larry Ross.Domestic assault cases are different from regular assault cases because domestic assaults include just those involving a family member, spouse or people who live in the same home. In addition to sentences which can run up to a year in jail, a domestic assault plea or conviction forever revokes the offender’s right to bear or own a firearm.Included in domestic assault cases last week:• Dustin Hirzel was given an 11-month, 29-day sentence for domestic abuse, violating an order of protection and vandalism. He must stay in jail until the judge orders his release and once released must attend conflict management.• Javier Garcia Jr., was ordered to serve 48 hours of an 11-29 sentence and pay $100 plus costs to the battered women’s shelter for domestic assault.• Michael A. Greenwood was given an 11-29 probationary sentence and must make restitution and was warned to stay away from the victim and not to text or call her.

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