Niles man gets 14 months for domestic violence

Published 9:10 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A Niles man will spend more than a year in prison after violently assaulting his wife during an argument in February.

Nicholas Adam Pockrandt, 29, of Cedar Street, was sentenced Monday in Berrien County Trial Court in Niles to a minimum of 14 months and a maximum of five years in the Michigan Department of Corrections on one count of domestic violence as a third offense.

Nicholas Adam Pockrandt

Nicholas Adam Pockrandt

The sentence stems from an incident that occurred in the afternoon of Feb. 2 on Cedar Street. According to court documents, police responded to the location on a report of a domestic violence issue.

The victim told police that Pockrandt began assaulting her during an argument, at one point pulling her back into the house as she tried to escape, according to court documents. The documents also said the victim told police her attacker strangled her twice to the point where she almost passed out and attempted to keep her from contacting police by smashing her phone.

Judge Angela Pasula said Pockrandt has credit for 98 days already served.

Also Monday:

• Whitney Marcelo-Morales, 29, of Berrien Springs, was sentenced to 69 days in jail and 18 months probation on one count of attempted harboring of a felon.

• Jacob Alan Juday, 21, of Niles, was sentenced to 180 days in jail on one count of resisting and obstructing police.

• Brett York, 23, of Niles, was sentenced to 150 days in jail and five years probation on one count of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. He must also comply with the state’s sex offender registry act and complete programs in the Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP). He was ordered to serve an additional 300 days on electronic monitoring upon his release.