Girlfriend abuser gets 30 days in jail

Becky Vargo • May 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A 22-year-old Pinckney man was sent to jail for 30 days on Monday for an assault on his girlfriend in Allendale Township last fall.

Jordan Brian Truesdell was given credit for three days already served in jail. He will be on probation for one year once he is released from jail. During that time, he can have no contact with the victim.

Truesdell was also ordered to pay a $500 fine when sentenced by Judge Karen Miedema in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

The victim, who was celebrating her 19th birthday the day of the attack, told the court that the arms that were supposed to hold her put the holes in the wall, the bruises on her arms and caused the pain in her neck.

“You were supposed to be my person, my safe place, my protector,” she said to Truesdell prior to the sentencing.

The woman said she forgave him over and over again, until finally recognizing him as an abuser. She said she felt that she was never good enough and found it hard to fill his every need without penalty. She said she was finally strong enough to walk away after the last assault.

“I now hold beside me my self-worth,” she told the judge. “I no longer blame myself.”

The victim looked at her attacker and said she forgave him. She then asked the judge to sentence him in a way so that he could learn to control his emotions and not hurt anyone else again.

Miedema gave the defendant a chance to have his say.

“I’m disgusted with my actions,” Truesdell told the judge. He noted that he has taken steps to start leading a healthier lifestyle.

Truesdell pleaded guilty March 12 to a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

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