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March 25, 2014

Pipe-attack conviction

MALONE — A Fort Covington man faces 25 years in state prison after being convicted of beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend with a pipe.

Michael J. Jackson, 40, of Water Street was found guilty Friday in Franklin County Court of second-degree strangulation, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree criminal contempt, all felonies, and fourth-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault, both misdemeanors, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

During the four-day trial, prosecutors said Jackson broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Fort Covington on Oct. 13 and beat her with a pipe.

He then gripped the weapon in both hands, passed it over her head from behind and brought it down, pressing it against her throat to strangle her, the release states.

Jackson also prevented the victim from calling emergency services for help.

He took the stand in his own defense and claimed the victim’s injuries were self-inflicted.

The woman had an order of protection against him in place from a previous incident heard in Town of Fort Covington Court.

Sentencing is set for 3:30 p.m. May 2.

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