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Defendant Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail

By Signal Staff
A former Strang man will be spending six months behind bars for his involvement in a domestic altercation that happened during Thanksgiving time last year.
Fillmore County Court Judge Michael P. Burns sentenced Brandon G. Coffman, 34, formerly of Strang and now of Lincoln, to two consecutive 90-day sentences in the Fillmore County Jail on Wednesday, November 4.  Coffman was charged with Domestic assault—intentionally cause bodily injury and 3rd degree assault.  Coffman was also sentenced to 12 months probation, with this he is ordered to pay $30 probation enrollment, $300 in probation fees and $60 in drug-testing fees.  Coffman will also pay $50 court costs, $10 offender assessment and $206.57 sheriff fees.
Coffman was originally charged with First degree domestic assault, a Class 2A felony; and two 3rd degree assaults.  The Fillmore County Attorney's Office reduced the charges prior to sentencing.
According to court records, the Fillmore County 911 Center received a call at 1:21 a.m. on November 26, 2017.  The caller reported domestic violence occurring at a residence in Strang behind the bar/restaurant there. When Fillmore County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) deputies arrived, they encountered a female victim bleeding on the back of her head.  The victim was transported to the Fillmore County Hospital (FCH) in Geneva where she received 16 staples in her scalp and was treated for a possible broken cheek.
Two other people at the residence were also transported by ambulance to FCH where they were treated and released.  Coffman was not found at the residence.  The six people at the residence that were contacted by law enforcement ranged from 15 to 37 years of age.  Witnesses reported Coffman came to the residence, which he shared with the victim, drunk after drinking at a bar in Geneva.  They reported he came into the house in an aggressive manner.  After the altercation, a FCSO investigation determined Coffman left the area later with Codi Ripple, 32.  Ripple and Coffman now live together in Lincoln.

Coffman has an intensive prior criminal history that contains convictions for assaults, disturbing the peace, obstructing peace officers, shoplifting, possession of stolen property, assault of a confined person and several failure to appears.  He was also on probation and on parole at the time of the incident.  The November 2017 incident was his first domestic violence crime.