Joshua Parker will spend at least 10 more days in Teton County Jail for hitting a woman during a December argument.
“You did one day in jail, and that’s not nearly enough punishment for something like this,” Teton County District Court Judge Timothy Day said Tuesday during Parker’s sentencing hearing.
“I’ve seen way, way too many cases in the last couple years of people treating their partners violently, strangling them, battering them, and it’s not acceptable.”
Day sentenced Parker to six months in jail but suspended all but 11 days. Parker received credit for one day served.
“If I send you out today with my little lecture and place you on probation with no further consequences, if and when this happens again, that is partly my fault,” Day said.
Parker, 18, pleaded guilty in February to strangulation, a felony, and an amended charge of battery, a misdemeanor.
He will be placed on probation and attend intensive outpatient treatment for the strangulation charge.
Parker, an Afton man, was arrested after an argument turned physical and the victim showed up to the Jackson Police Department with injuries.
“Things escalated, and she hit me several times, and I hit her back,” Parker said in court previously. “We continued to argue, and she went to hit me again, and I tackled her to the ground, and I pinned her there.”
In charging documents, police said Parker held the victim down with a knife and a pair of scissors before threatening to kill her.
“Mr. Parker said he placed his right hand on her throat and with his left hand, held the scissors to her throat and told her, ‘I’m going to f-----g kill you if you don’t stop your s--t,’” the affidavit states.
Documents state that Parker held the victim on the bed, and she couldn’t breathe.
“I would like to apologize for my actions,” Parker told the court Tuesday. “I was under the influence. I realize that me and alcohol don’t mix well.”
Parker has a criminal history, Day said, and has spent time in juvenile facilities since he was 15. He recently resolved a DUI charge in Teton County, Idaho.
“Mr. Parker is not a novice to the criminal and juvenile justice system,” Day said.
Day also ordered Parker to undergo anger management and domestic violence evaluations.
A conviction on the strangulation count will be withheld if Parker successfully completes 42 months of probation after jail.
“This is a big deal,” Day said. “You can’t even imagine at your age how a felony conviction would impact your life.”
The victim in the case was not in court and did not submit an impact statement.
“The victim wants the no-contact order lifted,” Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan said in court. “It’s time for him to figure out that it’s time to grow up. He needs to start acting like a man and not a kid and stop doing stupid things.”