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Posted on: July 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Lancaster Man Admits to Beating Woman, Threatening to Shoot if she 'Snitched'


A Lancaster man will serve up to 14 years in prison for the beating and sexual assault of a woman last year.

Jamell E. Prister, after the Nov. 28, 2016, assault, also threatened to have someone “shoot this house up” if the victim told police.

Prister, 27, was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 7 to 14 years in prison.

Prister, formerly of South Arch Street, pleaded guilty to seven counts and no-contest to felony sexual assault in exchange for the prison term.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright accepted the pleas and ordered sentence. Assistant District Attorney Karen Mansfield arranged the plea agreement.

In all, Prister pleaded to aggravated assault, simple assault, stalking, unlawful restraint, intimidating a victim, sexual assault, criminal trespass and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The victim, a former girlfriend, had bruises and cuts on her body from the assault in a home on North Queen Street. Prister also drove the woman’s Honda without permission.

Lancaster city police Officer Jonathan Caple filed charges.

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