Man gets 14 years for domestic assaults

A Grand Junction man was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday after agreeing to a plea deal in his domestic-violence case.

As part of an agreement with the Mesa County District Attorney's Office, Jason Payne, 36, pleaded guilty to assault in the first degree, a class 3 felony, and agreed to the aggravated range of 10-32 years with three years of mandatory parole.

Payne faced charges of sex assault, domestic violence and false imprisonment after two women accused him of controlling behavior and being physically forceful with them.

He received a $100,000 cash-only bond from Mesa County court in March.

One woman accused him of preventing her from leaving and handcuffing her to the bed and other places. She said he would not leave her alone and would always be with her if they went somewhere, according to the arrest affidavit.

Another woman said she was in a relationship with Payne but ended it because he did not allow her to have friends or go to the store alone. He also exhibited other controlling behaviors, the affidavit said.

She accused him of choking her multiple times, three times causing her to lose consciousness, and having sex with her against her will.

Payne was on parole at the time of his crimes.

The presumptive sentencing range for first-degree assault in Colorado is four to 16 years in prison. However, on parole or probation, the sentencing guidelines increase with the new minimum sentencing as the average between the original minimum and maximum and the new maximum sentencing as double the original maximum.

Therefore, the sentencing guidelines for Payne qualified for the aggravated range for a sentence of 10 to 32 years.

He also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, a class 5 felony, with a presumptive range of one to three years.

He was given a three-year sentence for the false imprisonment charge to be served concurrent with the first-degree assault charge.

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