A 90 day day fiance tv star is convicted of kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
After a two-day trial, a jury found Geoffrey Ian Paschel, 44, guilty of aggravated kidnapping, domestic assault and interference with an emergency summons, the Knox County District Attorney's Office said Friday.
Prosecutors said sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call on June 9, 2019, at her home. When they arrived, his fiancé now told officers that Paschel had assaulted her.
“Paschel grabbed the victim by the neck and banged her head against the wall several times. He was also thrown to the ground and dragged, "the prosecutor's office said in its statement.
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He also picked up her phone and did not allow her to leave the residence. He said she could escape from a neighbor's house while he was sleeping, the authorities said.
4 When responding to the incident , officers noted that he had large bruises on her forehead, as well as multiple bruises and cuts on her back, arms, and the inside of her lips. The prosecutor's office. During the trial, Paschel claimed that his fiancee's injuries were caused by herself.
Paschel's aggravated kidnapping sentence is a class B offense. Because of his criminal history, he faces between 12 and 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole, the prosecutor's office said on Friday.
Previous convictions included possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, as well as two counts of federal drug trafficking. Paschel is expected to be sentenced on December 3.
Paschel starred in the fourth season of 90 Days Fiance: Before 90 Days which followed his relationship with Varya Malina, who he became engaged to while filming the show. This was after the assault on his other girlfriend. During its season, several TLC fans have called for his removal from the series "due to the current charges and criminal charges brought against him".
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Days later, Paschel released a statement to Instagram explaining his reasons for appearing on the reality show despite his "checkered past".
"I've been asked many times why I NEVER wanted to be in a show (best FYI show) where my life would be put in front of everyone to destroy, especially with my chess past," he begins. "Well guys, this is MY past. This is my life. This is my choice. If we were all the same: think the same, look the same or act the same, how stupid would that be?"