Local man faces jail time for strangling girlfriend
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.