Up­per Pottsgrove man jailed for as­sault­ing es­tranged girl­friend in Roy­ers­ford.

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

An Up­per Pottsgrove man is be­hind state prison bars af­ter a jury con­victed him of break­ing into his es­tranged girl­friend’s Roy­ers­ford apart­ment and as­sault­ing and stran­gling her dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance.

Joshua Troy Porter, 28, of the 100 block of Hanover Drive, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 12½ to 25 years in a state cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity in con­nec­tion with the May 2017 incident in Roy­ers­ford.

Judge Wendy G. Rothstein also or­dered Porter to com­plete do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and anger man­age­ment coun­sel­ing pro­grams.

Porter also is pro­hib­ited from hav­ing any con­tact with the vic­tim, the judge said.

Dur­ing a two-day trial in July, a jury con­victed Porter of charges of bur­glary, sim­ple as­sault, un­law­ful re­straint, stran­gu­la­tion, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son and crim­i­nal trespass in con­nec­tion with the incident.

The jury ac­quit­ted Porter of a sin­gle charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan about 11:52 p.m. May 14, 2017, when the vic­tim ap­peared on the park­ing lot of the Roy­ers­ford po­lice sta­tion to re­port she was as­saulted by her “soon to be ex-boyfriend” in­side her apart­ment in the 200 block of Main Street, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

“The vic­tim ran to the po­lice sta­tion park­ing lot cov­ered in blood and dis­play­ing vis­i­ble in­juries to her head and knees,” Roy­ers­ford Po­lice Of­fi­cer John O’Keefe al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

The vic­tim re­ported that she was asleep when she awoke to the sound of break­ing glass. When the vic­tim went to her liv­ing room she en­coun­tered Porter who had climbed a fire es­cape and smashed a win­dow in or­der to gain en­try to the apart­ment, po­lice al­leged.

“The de­fen­dant be­gan a ver­bal ar­gu­ment about their re­la­tion­ship and even­tu­ally took pos­ses­sion of a 4-inch par­ing knife from the kitchen,” O’Keefe al­leged, adding Porter stated he was go­ing to kill him­self as he slashed his left fore­arm, “caus­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of blood loss.”

The woman was able to take pos­ses­sion of the knife and as she ran from the apart­ment, Porter pushed her down the stairs, po­lice al­leged. The woman struck her head on a base­board and suf­fered a lac­er­a­tion to her fore­head that re­quired su­tures, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

As the woman fled out­side to an al­ley­way, Porter grabbed her from be­hind, placed her in a head­lock and then placed his hand across her mouth and nose, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit. Porter then pushed the woman to the ground.

“The de­fen­dant, with his hand still across her mouth and nose, placed his other hand across her throat,” O’Keefe al­leged. “The de­fen­dant placed pres­sure to her throat, caus­ing the vic­tim to start los­ing con­scious­ness.”

Porter even­tu­ally re­leased his grip and fled from the area. The vic­tim then ran to the po­lice sta­tion for help.

Court doc­u­ments do not in­di­cate when Porter was taken into cus­tody.

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