Lo­cal man faces jail time for stran­gling girl­friend

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN » An East Nor­ri­ton man is on his way to jail af­ter he ad­mit­ted to stran­gling his girl­friend dur­ing a do­mes­tic-re­lated ar­gu­ment in the town­ship res­i­dence the cou­ple shared.

Paul Ja­son Fal­cone Jr., 37, of the 200 block of Farview Road, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail, to be fol­lowed by two years of pro­ba­tion, af­ter he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of stran­gu­la­tion in con­nec­tion with a June 2017 in­ci­dent. The

sen­tence means Fal­cone will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for about four years.

Judge Todd D. Eisen­berg, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, or­dered Fal­cone to re­port to the jail on June 13 to be­gin serv­ing the sen­tence.

Fal­cone is el­i­gi­ble for the jail’s work re­lease pro­gram dur­ing his pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion. The judge or­dered Fal­cone to have no “of­fen­sive con­tact” with the vic­tim, with whom ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments he shares a child, as a con­di­tion of the sen­tence. Fal­cone also must com­plete a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence coun­sel­ing pro­gram.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 12:48 a.m. June 25 when East Nor­ri­ton po­lice were dis­patched to the Farview Road home when a neigh­bor re­ported “he heard ar­gu­ing and a fe­male yelling for help through a win­dow” at Fal­cone’s res­i­dence. Upon ar­rival, po­lice made con­tact with Fal­cone and the vic­tim.

The vic­tim re­ported to po­lice that she had told Fal­cone to leave the home sev­eral hours ear­lier and he com­plied. The woman told po­lice Fal­cone re­turned to the home af­ter mid­night and at­tacked her while she was asleep. The woman said she was awak­ened by Fal­cone punch­ing her in the face and then stran­gling her with his two hands, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by East Nor­ri­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ni­col­lette DeBi­a­sio.

The vic­tim told po­lice Fal­cone took her cell­phone away from her and she was un­able to sum­mon help.

“In an at­tempt to get help (the vic­tim) said she broke the front win­dows of her home by throw­ing a can­dle, then yelling for help,” DeBi­a­sio al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit. “(The vic­tim) stated Fal­cone tried to stop her from yelling for help by grab­bing her by the mouth, to which she then bit Fal­cone’s fin­gers.”

Po­lice ob­served red marks on the vic­tim’s neck and bruises on ei­ther side of each eye, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Un­der state law, by plead­ing guilty to the stran­gu­la­tion charge, Fal­cone ad­mit­ted that he know­ingly or in­ten­tion­ally im­peded the breath­ing or cir­cu­la­tion of the blood of an­other per­son by ap­ply­ing pres­sure to the throat or neck.

Other charges of sim­ple assault and ha­rass­ment were dis­missed against Fal­cone in ex­change for his guilty plea to the felony stran­gu­la­tion charge.

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