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Man gets 16 months for domestic violence

VICTORVILLE • A Hesperia man was sentenced to one year and four months in prison Thursday after attacking his girlfriend and injuring a deputy who tried to detain him.

As part of his plea bargain, Jeffrey Lamar Thomas, 36, was released from custody after the sentencing. He had already served eight months in jail awaiting trial and earned eight more months of good-behavior credits.

On May 16, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call that a woman had been assaulted and a man was trying to stab her. When they arrived in the 16400 block of Orange Street, they saw Thomas run back inside the home and out the rear of the house, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies chased Thomas and apprehended him a short distance away. One of the deputies was injured in the process of handcuffing combative Thomas, officials said. The deputy was treated at a local hospital.

Thomas and the victim were in a relationship and lived together at the Orange Street address. They got into a fight and Thomas struck the victim, according to officials. The defendant then held a knife to her and wouldn’t allow her to leave the couple’s bedroom for about an hour, officials said. He also threatened to kill her.

The defendant accepted the prosecution’s offer in October and pleaded guilty to making criminal threats and resisting an executive officer. Victorville Superior Court Judge Jules Fleuret sentenced him based on the plea bargain.

Thomas will be on parole for three to four years and has a strike on his record, Deputy District Attorney Maggie Yang said.

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