Man gets 10-year DOC sentence for strangling pregnant girlfriend

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Montana Department of Corrections Photo

Jacon P. Vincelette

A Columbus man will spend 10 years on probation and serve three of those years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections for strangling his pregnant girlfriend and trying to hit her with a car in March.

Jacob Paul Vincelette, 29, will also be required to pay $1,085 in fines and fees and follow 36 court-issued conditions during the entire probation time after pleading guilty to felony counts of strangulation and assault with a weapon in connection with a March attack on his pregnant girlfriend.

He is also forbidden from having contact with the victim unless it is supervised and directed by a DOC probation/ parole officer.

A misdemeanor count of criminal destruction/tampering with a communication device was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The sentence was handed down last week in 22nd Judicial District Court. Judge Blair Jones said the sentence provides for rehabilitative options, holds Vincelette accountable for his conduct and provides a measure of community safety through his supervision


According to court documents, on March 27 at 8:28 a.m., employees of the Rocking J convenience store near Absarokee called 911 to report watching a woman get out of a moving vehicle and come into the store asking them to call police because her boyfriend had just beat her up.

While waiting for Stillwater County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive, Vincelette called the store asking to talk to the victim, which employees did not permit. At one point, Vincelette came into the store and instructed the victim to leave with him, but she refused. After deputies arrived on scene, Vincelette called the store again, at which time the phone was given to a deputy.

Vincelette returned to the store and denied doing anything to the victim.

“Several times the Defendant asked if the victim had miscarried. He also made multiple statements to the deputies in extremely vulgar language, accusing the victim of infidelity with multiple men the night before,” according to court documents.

The victim was taken to the Stillwater Billings Clinic by ambulance and told investigators that Vincelette had awoken her and began a physical assault, grabbing her by the throat and pinning her against the wall, as well as knocking her to the ground several times, punching her in the ribs and stomping on her forehead, according to court documents.

She fled the house and was chased by Vincelette in a car, and eventually got in the car with him, at which point he resumed the assault. When the couple arrived at the Rocking J store, she jumped out of the car, according to court documents.