A Turlock man is headed to prison after pleading guilty to two charges of domestic violence.
Devin Marque Cole, 24, of Turlock was sentenced to five years in state prison for two counts of felony domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of vandalism, according to the Stanislaus county District Attorney’s Office.
The domestic violence charges stem from two events in October 2015. The prosecution stated Cole attacked his live-in girlfriend by hitting and punching her multiple times until family members were able to pull him off of the victim.
The second incident happened four days after the first. Cole attacked the victim and threw her to the ground, according to the district attorney’s office. Cole fled the scene when law enforcement was called, but later surrendered to the Turlock Police Department. At the time he claimed his actions were committed in self-defense.
On Jan. 25, Cole entered a guilty plea to the charges, as well as admitting he had a strike against him for a 2010 conviction of assault with a firearm. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of kidnapping was dropped.