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Woman gets probation over severe beating

John Colson
Jessi Jo Anderson
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A Parachute woman who severely beat one of her female neighbors in August 2012, causing about $14,000 worth of injuries, was sentenced on Dec. 19 by District Judge Denise Lynch to two years of probation, and ordered to pay back the money that went to cover medical costs for the victim of the assault.

Jessi Anderson, 24, also was ordered to undergo anger management counseling, substance abuse treatments, and to perform 60 hours of useful public service and abstain from the use of alcohol or drugs while on probation. She must submit to random urine analysis to monitor her compliance.

Anderson, who now lives in the Montrose area, initially was charged with three counts of second degree assault, a class four felony, two of them involving allegations that she assaulted law enforcement officers either at the scene of her arrest or in jail.

In a plea bargain with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office, Anderson pleaded guilty to two counts of menacing, a class five felony, in return for withdrawal of the other charges.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit in the court file, Parachute police were called to a disturbance on Yarrow Drive at about 4 a.m. on July 28, 2012, where the victim of the assault was living.

The victim, Heather Deshazer, told police that Anderson was pounding on the door of the house a short time earlier and, when Deshazer answered the door, Anderson grabbed her by the hair, dragged her outside and started punching her in the face,

At the same time Nathaniel Campbell, who lived with Anderson a few doors away from the house where Deshazer was visiting, kept others in the house and in neighboring homes from interfering with or stopping the fight, according to Deshazer.

When police went to the Anderson/Campbell home, according to the court files, both of the occupants allegedly told the officers, “f*** you, go get a warrant.” When police went to arrest the couple, according to court documents, both of them resisted arrest.

Campbell also has been charged in connection with the incident.

In court on Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Scott Turner said that Deshazer admitted to “being a little intoxicated that night” and to making “inappropriate comments” to the defendant at the door to Deshazer’s home.

“However, that does not excuse the beating that she took that night,” Turner continued. “Anything short of a death threat does not allow for that type of beating.”

Turner showed the court a photo of Deshazer after the incident, which showed the whole left side of her face covered in blood, both eyes closed and bruised.

“This type of behavior just can’t be condoned,” Turner told the judge, recommending that Anderson be sent to prison for her crime.

Her attorney, James Fahrenholtz, countered that his client had grown up in “a somewhat negative environment,” including her relationship with Campbell. She has a 5-year-old daughter and is now living with family members and looking into taking online courses to improve her job prospects.

Anderson, speaking directly to Judge Lynch, asked for probation in order to get on with her life with her daughter, and admitted, “My actions have no excuse.” She said she has stopped drinking or using drugs, which she said has improved her behavior and her outlook.

“I’m concerned about your anger,” the judge said, after agreeing that probation is an appropriate sentence for the case. “This was a serious offense.”

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