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Man sentenced to 7years, 8months in prison for offenses in Garberville

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - A Livermore man who committed offenses in Garberville has been sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison according to the Humboldt County District Attorney (DA).

The DA said 34-year-old Joshua Brandon Marcum, originally from Livermore, entered no contest pleas to felony counts of forcible false imprisonment and witness dissuasion in court last week.

"Mr. Marcum also admitted a prior conviction under California's 'three strikes' law, stemming from his 2012 conviction for second-degree robbery in Alameda County," the DA said.

Marcum waived all pre-plea credits for jail time served and was immediately sentenced to seven years, eight months in prison. According to the DA, Marcum committed the first of his recent documented crimes on Sept. 2 in a motel room in Garberville. Officials said Marcum became upset with his then-girlfriend, struck her in the head with a shoe, forced her into the bathroom, poured food and laundry detergent on her, and threatened to hurt her if she reported him to law enforcement. Despite these threats, the victim called the Humboldt County Sheriff's Dept. Deputy Mendes responded and arrested Marcum for that incident.

The second count of witness dissuasion stems from the discovery of evidence that Marcum and several of his friends and family members were attempting to convince the victim not to testify in court. This evidence was found by Humboldt County DA investigators Soderberg and Kirkpatrick.

During that domestic violence response, deputies also learned Marcum was a California Department of Corrections (CDC) parolee and that he was wanted by the CDC for parole violations. After Marcum was taken into custody, deputies said they located approximately 59 grams of suspected methamphetamine in his possession and that he was then additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale.

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