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A La Crosse man was charged with two counts of felony domestic abuse Tuesday after a Oct. 31 incident.

Jarred Osley


Jarred Osley, 24, entered the rural La Crosse County home he shares with the victim at 1 a.m. Oct. 31 and punched a hole in a television the victim purchased the day before, according to the complaint, berated the victim and removed the battery from her phone when she attempted to call 911. After Osley blocked the door, the victim grabbed a knife to convince him to let her leave. Taking the knife, Osley threatened to kill himself.

Osley continued to curse at the victim and smashed her engagement ring with a hammer, according to the complaint, and Osley used the victim’s hand to punch himself in the face.

When the victim attempted to call a friend for help, Osley said “he would kill (the friend) and then kill himself,” according to the complaint.

The victim was left with a swollen knuckle, scratches and bruises on her arms and a bloody lip, and said her level of fear at the time of the incident was “at least a 10,” according to the complaint. Osley told police he was preventing the victim from leaving so they could talk through their problems. Osley told the police he suffers from anxiety and was off his medication.

The prosecution requested a signature bond and no contact with the victim. The victim submitted a letter and spoke to Judge Todd Bjerke in court Tuesday, asking that the no-contact order be lifted.

Bjerke denied the victim’s request and advised her to “learn about domestic violence to protect yourself and your child.”

A signature bond in the amount of $15,000 was set.

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Considering the degree of violence that went on why on earth would a judge allow him out on a signature bond. Does the woman have to end up dead to finally lock him up or send him to mental health? These kind of people don't care if the court tells them to stay away from her, seems to usually aggravate them as we see it all the time where the victim ends up dead at work or they break back into the house. It's endless and they're abusive and usually determined. He obviously has some mental health issues & now he's out. The court is crazy.


Agreed. How many dead or abused women will it take for the courts to wake up to the dangers of these kinds of men?

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