MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison on Friday for viciously assaulting his girlfriend and then repeatedly threatening her over the phone after he was put behind bars, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
33-year-old Matthew Ryan Pierpoint was originally arrested and charged back in August of 2019. On August 27, Pierpoint was in an argument with his girlfriend when she tried to get her two small children into her car and leave.
"Mr. Pierpoint followed the victim to her vehicle and punched out the driver’s side window, causing glass to shatter in the victim’s face," the DA's Office said. "Mr. Pierpoint then grabbed the victim out of the driver’s seat, threw her on the ground, placed his hands around her neck, and began strangling her."
While continuing to strangle her, Pierpoint yelled into his girlfriend's face that "he was going to kill her," according to the DA's Office. Though he grabbed her by the legs and tried to drag her back inside, she was able to get away and run back to the car.
This abuse all happened in front of the victim's children.
Pierpoint's girlfriend was able to drive away and call 911 from a neighbor's house. Deputies responded and found her with multiple injuries across her face, neck and body that corroborated her story. Law enforcement tracked Pierpoint down the same day.
While in jail, Pierpoint reportedly called the victim dozens of times between August and early September.
"In each of these calls, Mr. Pierpoint threatened and verbally abused the victim," the DA's Office said. "During these calls, both the victim and Mr. Pierpoint made statements that corroborated the underlying domestic violence incident and the victim’s injuries. On six of these calls, Mr. Pierpoint pressured and attempted to manipulate the victim into not showing up to testify against him, refusing to testify if she did show up, and to recant her story if she had to testify."
Law enforcement was still able to locate the victim and make sure she would be willing to testify at trial.
In all, Pierpoint was convicted for an Assault IV charge (felony domestic violence), two counts of Strangulation (felony domestic violence), Menacing (also domestic violence), Criminal Mischief II, and six counts of Tampering with a Witness. A jury unanimously found him guilty in a trial that lasted less than three days.
"The jury also unanimously found enhancement facts (facts that allow the court to increase the length of incarceration) were present on each count," the DA's Office said. "Specifically, the jury found that Mr. Pierpoint was 'persistently involved in criminal activity similar to the conduct alleged' . . . the jury also found that Mr. Pierpoint demonstrated a 'lack of remorse.'”
Judge Laura Cromwell sentenced Pierpoint to 10 years and 6 months in prison, with two years of post-prison supervision. Judge Cromwell also "admonished" Pierpoint for his violent, abusive, and manipulative behavior.