Man will serve 15 months for repeated attacks on Rogue River woman

A man who repeatedly attacked his former girlfriend, at one point leaving the Rogue River woman unconscious, will serve 15 months in prison for his crimes.

At a hearing this morning, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Mark Schiveley compared Robert Francis Poole's violent acts against Jessica Bridges to those of a caveman.

"There is no reason anyone should have to put up with this kind if violence, temper or lack of control," Schiveley said.

The judge sentenced Poole to 15 months in prison for each of the man's three guilty pleas to felony assault. The sentences will run concurrently. Poole also will serve two years' probation and was ordered to pay about $2,000 in restitution, fines and fees.

Poole was already facing domestic violence and other charges related to a February incident with Bridges and tampering and contempt charges for violating no-contact orders and attempting to intimidate the mother and daughter in April via threatening text messages via his cell phone.

Police arrested Poole on Aug. 1 after Bridges' mother, Donna White, insisted Rogue River police check on her daughter because she'd received a two-word text message plea for help on July 31.

In his final attack, Poole choked Bridges to unconsciousness and dragged her body across the carpet before depositing the mother of his infant son behind closed doors.

Police made repeated trips to the apartment before they were able to speak to Bridges, who told police Poole he had "choked her out" and was holding one of her children hostage in the bathroom. When police demanded to see Bridges' young son, Poole fled out the bathroom window.

He was captured after a chase and taken to jail on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges.

A plea deal reduced the 14 charges he originally faced.

Poole did not speak at the sentencing other than to admit guilt to the three assault charges.

— Sanne Specht

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