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Jefferson City man gets 10 years for assault of former girlfriend

Jefferson City man gets 10 years for assault of former girlfriend

July 16th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attacking his former girlfriend in November 2016.

William Giesing, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree domestic assault.

Additional charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy were dismissed by prosecutors.

His sentence will run concurrent to all other sentences he is facing, according to a ruling by Cole County Judge Dan Green.

Giesing had been staying at the victim's home in Russellville, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement. After she returned from an out-of-state trip, he used a utensil to unlock her bedroom door and accused her of lying about her trip.

The victim told a deputy Giesing "grabbed her hair and bashed her head into the wall several times" then kicked her when she fell to the floor.

The victim also reported Giesing would assault her then "take a break and pace around and apologize for what he was doing," according to the sheriff's statement.

But any time the victim tried to leave, she said, Giesing would "cut her off and keep her from getting away."

The victim told investigators Giesing made her take a bath — and made her take pictures of her own face while he held her hair back.

After the bath, the victim said, she was nearly "unconscious from the pain and everything was 'foggy'" when Giesing forced himself on her.

She fell asleep and was awakened about 1:30 p.m. when a friend sent her a text message asking if she was OK. The victim said she told the friend she was being held against her will.

The friend came to the house and heard the victim crying and asking Giesing to "just let her leave." The friend threatened to call police if Giesing didn't let her into the home.

The friend saw the victim's injuries and took her to the emergency room, according to the Sheriff's Department statement. The sheriff was called to the hospital, and Giesing was picked up at the home later.

Giesing also admitted to fighting with the victim and "knew she was hurt pretty bad and that the fight had gotten out of hand."