Jennings man faces half-dozen charges after domestic dispute

A Jennings County man faces at least six charges related to the discovery Wednesday of a woman being choked by a man who had wrapped a cord around her neck, police report.

Jeffrey Hoffman, 46, of Vernon, faces charges of criminal confinement, battery on a law enforcement officer, strangulation, resisting law enforcement and two counts of domestic battery related to the incident on Posey Street in Vernon.

The woman was treated at the scene for minor injuries by personnel with Rescue 20, according to a report from Lt. Mike Mowery with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers responding to a report of a fight said they could hear what sounded like a woman screaming for help, Mowery said.

After entering the house, officers said they found a man, later identified as Hoffman, and a woman upstairs, and the man had a cord wrapped around the woman’s neck choking her.

While attempting to detain Hoffman, he started fighting with the officers and bit one of the them on the hand before he could be detained, Mowery said.

Hoffman was taken to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital for evaluation. He was released and taken to the Jennings County Jail, where he is being held on $25,500 bond.

Criminal confinement is a Level 3 felony punishable by three to 16 years in prison upon conviction. Domestic battery and battery on a law enforcement officer both are Level 5 felonies, and strangulation and resisting law enforcement are Level 6 felonies.