Porterville abuser faces life sentence

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Tulare County Superior Court convicts Jeffery Spears of domestic violence, false imprisonment

VISALIA – Prosecutors have secured a multitude of felony convictions against Jeffery Spears, who is looking at a potential life sentence for violent actions against a female victim.

On Feb. 9, in the Tulare County Superior Court (TCDA) prosecutors secured multiple felony convictions against Jeffrey Spears, 45, for domestic violence, torture, false imprisonment by violence, criminal threats and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime back in 2023.

(Tulare County District Attorney)

Jurors also found true the aggravating factors that the victim was vulnerable, that Spears unlawfully dissuaded the victim from testifying, that he took advantage of a position of trust and he engaged in violent conduct. His sentencing is scheduled for March 22, in Superior Court where Spears faces life in prison. 

Spears’ crime occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, 2023. Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in East Porterville for a report of domestic violence. When they arrived, they discovered the victim had visible bruising and swelling on the entirety of her face and neck. Spears, who was in the backyard at the time, was taken into custody.

Through investigation, deputies learned three days prior Spears started arguing with the victim over forgetting to buy cigarettes at the store and accused her of other relationship strife. For three hours, Spears punched, kicked and struck her all over her body all while threatening to kill her if she contacted law enforcement.

Spears repeatedly strangled the victim to the brink of unconsciousness, smothered her with a pillow and forcefully did not allow her to leave the residence. Eventually, she was able to go to a neighbor where she contacted a family member for help.

Prior to trial and while in custody, Spears contacted the victim and urged her not to testify. At trial, TCDA criminal investigators with expertise in domestic violence testified about the cycle of violence and the power dynamics involved in the crime.

The Office of the District Attorney has trained victim advocates to assist victims and survivors of violence on a path to recovery and healing. If you or someone you know can benefit from these important resources, contact the TCDA Victim Services Division at 559-636-5471.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Victoria Frazer.

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