Public safety — The former Newberg man, convicted of criminally negligent homicide in 2012, now charged with assaulting his girlfriend

A pre-trial conference Jan. 13 resulted in Kevin James Jarnagin’s case being set for trial.

Jarnagin was arrested Dec. 17 on assault charges after his girlfriend alleged he threatened and attacked her Dec. 14.

“We were arguing and within seconds it got violent,” she wrote in her restraining order application. “Kevin choked me, lifted me up off the floor by my neck, tried biting my pinky finger off, punched me three or four times on top of my skull … He threw me repeatedly, telling me he was gonna’ kill me.”Jarnagin

Jarnagin, 27, and now living in Carlton, was indicted by a Yamhill County grand jury Dec. 19 on one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and menacing, and two counts of strangulation.

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Jarnagin’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 12 in Yamhill County Circuit Court.

This isn’t Jarnagin’s first brush with the law. The former Newberg resident was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in September 2012, in connection with the 2009 death of his then-girlfriend’s 7-month-old daughter, Alleha Hardaway.

He received a 22-month sentence but was released after receiving credit for time served while awaiting trial, more than three years.

Jarnagin is being held on $150,000 bail. Judge Ronald Stone appointed Mark Pihl as Jarnagin’s attorney. The case is being tried by Deputy District Attorney Amanda Dresen.

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