HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Jacob Lea Rose, a Hiawassee resident arrested for numerous crimes in late-2018 by Hiawassee Police Department, plead guilty to aggravated asault charges, Friday, May 31. Rose is set to serve three years of a ten year sentence, Towns County’s Clerk of Court’s Office told FYN. Charged by law enforcement with crimes ranging from previous methamphetamine possession, aggravated stalking, interfering with a 911 call, and cruelty to children, in connection to a domestic violence incident, additional charges on Rose were dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea on the assault charge.
“(The victim) stated she tried to leave the residence with (the children) and Mr. Rose caught her on the front porch of the residence, and used his hand to grab her around her throat, and began strangling her,” Hiawassee Police Department wrote in the December incident report. “(The victim) stated she was able to escape from Mr. Rose only to be caught by him again next to the van he had driven them to the house in which was parked in the driveway. (The victim) stated while next to the van, Mr. Rose used his hand, grabbed her around her throat, and began strangling her again while he banged her head against the side of the van. (The victim) stated when she was able to get away from Mr. Rose, she ran inside into the living room area of her home to get her cell phone to call 911. (The victim) stated while attempting to call 911, Mr. Rose grabbed the cell phone out of her hand, threw, and smashed the cell phone on the ground, breaking it. (The victim) stated after Mr. Rose broke her phone, he again used his hand to grab her around the throat and punched her in the face and head area several times. (The victim) stated both the family violence battery incident on the front porch, and the family violence incident in the living room of the residence, took place in the presence of (the children).”
Four months prior to the domestic dispute, Rose was arrested for methamphetamine possession, drug related objects, and driving on a suspended license by Hiawassee Police Department.