York man given probation in kidnapping, strangulation case

YORK – Joseph Acey Jane, 19, of York, has been sentenced in a case that initially began with charges of kidnapping, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, assault by strangulation, terroristic threats and domestic assault.

Earlier, as part of a plea agreement, the charges were amended to attempt of a Class 2 felony, a Class 2A felony; assault by strangulation, a Class 3A felony; and third degree domestic assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

This past week, in York County District Court, he was sentenced to three years of traditional probation.

Court documents indicate the situation leading to his arrest occurred in the 100 Block of West Eighth Street, in York.

Court documents say Jane threatened a woman with a metal fork, aggressively stabbing at her with the instrument and then putting his hands over her mouth and nostrils impeding her breathing. It was also alleged that while she tried to get away, he restrained her against a wall and eventually voluntarily released her. As she continued to try to leave, it was alleged he approached her “from behind, placing his arm around her neck and applying pressure. She attempted to yell but only garbled sounds came out. The assault only stopped when a man breached the door and engaged in a confrontation with Jane.” The woman then fled the apartment.

Court documents indicate that the identity of the man who breached the door was unknown.

The woman was able to show officers bruises she sustained in the alleged assault.

It is also indicated in court documents that Jane later attempted to apologize to the victim, by leaving a voice mail which was heard by officers, in which he referenced details of the assault.

Initially he was facing a possible maximum sentence of 1-50 years in prison for the first two counts; three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision for Counts 3 and 4; and one year in jail with a $1,000 fine for Count 5.

 

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