Local report

A White City man who assaulted and threatened his girlfriend multiple times over 14 months was sentenced Friday to more than two decades in prison.

Eric Lee Stockton, 35, was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court by Judge Tim Barnack to 264 months under enhancement laws that took into account his past domestic violence, lack of remorse, disregard for the law and refusal to stop committing crimes, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office.

Court records show Stockton assaulted his girlfriend at least four times between Dec. 17, 2014, and Feb. 20, 2016. On at least two occasions, Stockton threatened to hurt the victim if she didn't comply with his demands, one time threatening her with a knife, and on another occasion threatening to hurt her and her family if she testified against him.

Stockton was found guilty June 30 of nine crimes after a four-day jury trial. They included three counts of fourth-degree felony assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of coercion, and one count each of first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, second-degree criminal mischief and tampering with a witness, the release said.

Stockton had been convicted of at least three prior domestic violence assaults and was on supervised probation when he committed new crimes, the release said.