A Leesville man has been arrested by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office (VPSO) for domestic abuse aggravated battery, among other charges. Jacob Phillips, 29, was arrested by the VPSO on Wednesday.
He was charged with one count of criminal trespassing, one count of disturbing the peace, one count of resisting an officer and one count of domestic abuse aggravated battery. Phillips was subsequently booked into the VPSO jail.
Phillips will have a Gwen’s Law hearing to determine the bond on the domestic battery charge. Gwen’s law seeks to protect victims of domestic abuse.
The law gets its namesake from Gwen Salley, of Desoto Parish, who was murdered in 2014. At the time, Salley was trying to get a divorce from her estranged husband Michael Salley. During the process, Michael Salley was arrested for false imprisonment, unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm.
After being charged, Michael Salley was released from prison on bond after spending less than a day in prison. He would then kidnap Gwen, murder her and then take his own life.
If convicted of the domestic abuse aggravated battery charge, Phillips could face up to five years in prison at hard labor.