A man arrested on more than a dozen charges earlier this year, ranging from kidnapping, assault, and strangulation to illegal possession of weapons and methamphetamine, will serve three years in prison, with credit for time served since January.
Aaron Thomas Posey, 23, of Astoria, was sentenced Thursday, May 31, after pleading guilty to 11 charges stemming from three separate cases. On Jan. 1, Posey was arrested in a domestic violence incident that led investigators to file 14 separate charges against the man. At the time, he had two other criminal cases pending in Columbia County.
In a plea deal, Posey was convicted of coercion, unlawful possession of a short-barreled firearm with a silencer, driving under the influence, fourth-degree assault, possession of methamphetamine, reckless endangerment, and giving false information to a police officer.
In exchange, other charges including fourth-degree assault, kidnapping, strangulation, menacing, reckless endangerment, and felon in possession of a firearm were dismissed.
He appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court last week before Judge Dennis Graves, who was filling in for Columbia Circuit Judge Ted Grove.
"These were all crimes against the same victim," John Berg, a Columbia County deputy district attorney, noted. "I met with her a number of times and she was supportive of the plea deal."
Posey admitted to police that he had used methamphetamine intravenously, Berg said, and blamed his behavior on drug use and mental health issues.
Posey previously dated the woman he victimized, according to Berg. Many of his initial charges were classified as domestic violence.
"The victim had a lot of anxiety about facing him in court," Berg said. "They had been in a relationship for about two years."
Posey was convicted of theft and escape in 2017 in Clatsop and Crook counties. Prior to that, he was convicted of second-degree burglary, menacing, and unlawful use of a weapon in separate cases in 2015.