Clovis man sentenced for kidnapping, battery

Clovis man sentenced for kidnapping, battery

CLOVIS, N.M. (KFDA) - A Clovis man who beat and kidnapped a woman last year has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb.

A jury found Joshua Jackson, pictured, guilty Thursday. The charges stemmed from an April 2015 incident in which a female victim was beat, dragged into a house, and held there against her will. Clovis police testified they found the woman near a telephone pole and took her to an area hospital.

Reeb said Jackson had nine prior convictions of domestic violence with multiple victims, but many of those women were too afraid to speak out against him.

Due to the violent nature of the crime, Jackson, 29, must serve at least 15 years of the original sentence before he can be considered for parole.

While reading the verdict, the Honorable Judge Matthew Chandler told Jackson the intimidation he held over women was "disgusting."

The jury heard testimony Thursday morning before a two-hour deliberation and subsequent return of the guilty verdicts. Jackson will be transported immediately to the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

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