Man sent to prison for felony domestic assault

A Coon Rapids man, with a history of domestic violence convictions, has been sent to prison after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge following an incident on New Year’s Day.

Jamar Pierie Mullins, 29, who entered a guilty plea March 24 to a felony domestic assault charge, received a 21-month prison sentence, with credit for 106 days served, at a court hearing June 18 when counts of felony domestic assault by strangulation, gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor domestic assault were dismissed.

At the time of this offense, Mullins was on probation for a 2011 felony domestic assault conviction in Hennepin County when an 18-month prison sentence was stayed. Previous domestic violence-related convictions include a 2005 Hennepin County conviction for felony-second degree assault, according to court records.

Court records also show that while he was out on bail, which he had posted Jan. 7 for the Coon Rapids incident on which he was arraigned Jan. 2, he was charged in Ramsey County District Court April 10 with felony second-degree assault, to which he entered a guilty plea June 2 and is scheduled for sentencing July 9.

In the early hours of Jan. 1, Coon Rapids Police responded to a report of loud noises coming from an apartment on the 9700 block of Palm Street Northwest, found blood on the door and heard music and a child crying.

Officers heard a loud crash and were about to force open the door when a man, identified as Mullins, opened the door and lunged at officers attempting to strike them, according to the complaint.

Two children were in the apartment, ages 1 and 8. The 8-year-old told police that Mullins had been fighting with her mother about an hour before police arrived, despite her mother repeatedly telling him to stop, then she heard several loud crashes and the apartment went silent.

The mother returned to the apartment with her father while police were there, telling officers that Mullins, who was intoxicated, had become violent with her, punching and choking her to the point she could not breathe, and she had left to avoid further violence.

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