A Jackson Police Department officer was arrested over the weekend after two alleged incidents involving his pregnant fiancee.
Jimmy Corona was arrested by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office at 3:30 a.m. Sunday and charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment.
The sound of a woman screaming first caught the attention of officers Saturday night. Police had been near apartments along Gregory Lane on another call when they came upon the victim and fellow officer Corona.
Officers separated Corona and his fiancee and called for the Teton County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation because of their conflict of interest.
“Deputy Jess Stone spoke with [the victim] and she stated she and Corona had been in a verbal argument while in the apartment when Corona started to throw items, breaking a glass and throwing the television remote,” court documents stated.
The victim became scared and tried to leave, but she said Corona grabbed her keys, broke the key ring and then threw her keys across the apartment. She still had her car key in her hand and ran outside barefoot, deputies stated, but Corona followed her and grabbed her. That’s when officers separated the two. The victim said she didn’t want to pursue a charge of unlawful contact, and Corona agreed to stay with a relative for the night.
Then, on Sunday at 1 a.m., the victim called deputies and said Corona was intoxicated and planning to return to their shared apartment. He returned to the apartment and after failed attempts at working things out, the victim called Deputy Stone after she was unable to lock herself in the bathroom. The victim again ran outside without shoes on and told officers what happened.
“She stated she was running out of the apartment toward her vehicle when Corona grabbed her around her body and took her to the ground,” documents state. “[The victim] is approximately eight weeks pregnant.”
Corona has been a patrol officer with the Jackson Police Department for more than five years, Chief of Police Todd Smith said. He has been placed on paid, administrative leave, and an internal investigation, which typically takes a few days or weeks, is underway.
“I have asked for it to be on my desk by Wednesday,” Smith said. “It’s a fact-finding mission. Before I would make any recommendations to the city manager I want the facts in front of me.”
Smith said his decision on whether or not to fire Corona won’t be based on a conviction.
“I have to look at the totality of the circumstances,” he said. “We have a higher standard we hold our officers to outside of the court process. We expect our officers to set an example to our community.”
Corona appeared before a judge Monday in Teton County Circuit Court where he entered pleas of not guilty through his attorney, Katie Mannen.
“He understands the seriousness of the charges against him and understands the process,” Mannen said in court.
Lincoln County Deputy Prosecutor Garren Stauffer was appointed as special counsel to handle the case.
“There are factors that are aggravating in this case,” Stauffer said. “The defendant is sworn to uphold the law. Safety for the victim is important.”
Corona was released Monday on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Judge James Radda ordered him to have no contact with the victim, to possess no firearms and to not drink alcohol.
A Jan. 27, 2020 pretrial is scheduled.