Chief Judge Randal G.B. Valenciano on Thursday sentenced Jonathan A. Peacock, 32, of Kapa'a, to one year in jail and five years felony probation for Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree, Abuse of Family or Household Members, and Assault in the Third Degree charges stemming from incidents occurring on December 19, 2012 and January 1, 2013.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Shauna Lee Cahill represented the State of Hawaii. Deputy Public Defender Sam Jajich represented Peacock, who has been held in custody at Kaua'i Community Correctional Center since January 1 of this year in lieu of $10,000 bail.
The Kauai Police Department arrested Peacock after receiving a 911 call in which the victim stated that Peacock had hit her in face, choked her by the neck, and threatened her with a .357 magnum handgun. The victim was seen running from the scene as police arrived.
Assault charges stemming from a separate incident with another victim were later added.
Cahill argued that extended incarceration was warranted due to the level of violence, Peacock’s level of intoxication, and the usage of a firearm in a threatening manner. Judge Valenciano agreed, stating that these aggravating factors warranted a full year in jail despite Peacock’s lack of previous criminal history.
Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar stated, "We are pleased with the sentence handed down. Domestic violence is a plague in our community that we need to defeat. We take it very seriously and we will continue to vigorously prosecute those who prey on individuals who are supposed to be in positions of care and trust to them."