Man gets probation for domestic battery

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GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man who has been arrested twice in the past 14 months for domestic battery has been sentenced to probation as part of a plea agreement.

Jordan William Valangeon, 23, 1000 block of Fairview Drive, agreed to plead guilty to a Level 6 felony charge of domestic battery stemming from an incident in April. As part of the agreement, a more serious felony charge and a misdemeanor count were dropped Tuesday, Sept. 22, during a sentencing hearing in Hancock County Superior Court 1.

Judge Marie Castetter sentenced Valangeon to 730 days in the county jail; however, the time will be served on probation.

Castetter noted the probation will be dropped after one year if Valangeon complies with the terms of his probation.

The month before the latest incident, Valangeon had pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of domestic battery stemming from an incident in July 2019. He received a sentence of 365 days, with two days of credit and 363 days suspended to probation. He was told to undergo domestic violence counseling.

In court on Tuesday as she weighed whether to accept the latest plea agreement, Castetter asked Valangeon how he was going to make sure he didn’t end up in the county courts again.

“I want to find a better way to deal with my emotions and feelings,” Valangeon said.

After listening to Valangeon, the judge also vacated a no-contact order with the woman involved in the case, who is also facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge from the April incident.

Mykaela Duncan, 23, Greenfield, has a pretrial conference set for early November in Hancock County Superior Court 2.