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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Not guilty plea: The man charged with first-degree murder in the December, 2014, death of a Greenville woman pleaded not guilty last week.
  • More Jefferson talk: Proponents of the state of Jefferson packed the Board of Supervisors room for the third time April 14, but once again did not walk away with the county’s support.
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Portola man sentenced to 12 years in prison

Hall-sentenceDan McDonald
Managing Editor

David Scott Hall, 41, of Portola, was sentenced last week to more than 12 years in prison for felony domestic violence convictions.

Hall, who was convicted by a jury following a four-day trial that ended May 23, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde on Thursday, June 26.
In addition to 12 years and four months in state prison, Hall was ordered to stay away from his victims for 10 years.

“I was very pleased with Judge Hilde’s decision to sentence the defendant to the maximum sentence allowed by law,” District Attorney David Hollister said. “The defendant’s assaults were brutal and violent, leaving the victims with substantial physical and emotional injuries.”

Hall’s sentence stemmed from two separate domestic violence incidents with different victims.

Jurors heard testimony from 11 witnesses, including one of the victims.

The jury found Hall guilty of two counts of domestic violence, one count of false imprisonment and one count of child abuse — all felonies.

The jury also found Hall inflicted great bodily injury during one of the acts of violence. He previously served prison time for a child abuse conviction.

Hall was on trial for incidents that occurred in March 2013 and July 2012.

He was arrested March 1, 2013, after Plumas County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrea Murana responded to the emergency room because of injuries suffered by Hall’s girlfriend.

The victim reportedly had such extensive facial injuries that she was unrecognizable. An examination revealed a broken bone in her neck as well as facial swelling, a cut over her eye, bite marks on her shoulder and chest, and extensive bruising all over her body.

Hall was also on trial for an assault on a different former girlfriend and her children that happened July 6, 2012.

In that case, Hall shoved his girlfriend into a bathtub, knocking her unconscious, and choked her 11-year-old daughter to the point of unconsciousness.

The adult victim in the 2012 case was flown in from Pennsylvania to testify. The most recent victim refused to testify.

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