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Man sentenced for imprisoning woman

A Central Point man's history of abusing women has earned him a 30-month sentence in state prison.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack sentenced Brett Wayne Chancler, 45, on felony charges of fourth-degree assault and coercion. Chancler was also found guilty on a harassment charge, a misdemeanor, which did not add to his prison time. Chancler was also sentenced to two years of post-prison supervision and must pay $630 in restitution to the victim, Barnack ordered.

Chancler deserved a stiff sentence because he is a serial abuser, said Jackson County Deputy District Attorney Laura Cromwell. She noted it was his fourth domestic violence conviction, and his third female victim

The victim did not attend Monday's sentencing because her father is terminally ill, Cromwell said. But the woman testified at last week's one-day trial, describing how Chancler trapped her in a room inside his home on Table Rock Road and refused to let her leave, beating her over the course of the weekend.

"She wanted to stop this from happening to other women," Cromwell said.

The victim had a history of being abused by men. Her back was previously broken in a prior relationship; she'd just ended another abusive relationship and was homeless when she connected with Chancler, Cromwell said.

"He said he'd care for her," Cromwell said, adding Chancler began beating her just one month later.

After trapping her in the room, Chancler eventually fell asleep, enabling the woman to call 911 on June 30. She made the call from behind a pillow because she was scared Chancler would hear her, Cromwell said.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies were able to trace the cell phone call after the woman hung up. They rushed to the house and forced their way inside.

The woman told the deputies she had been trapped in the room for two days and assaulted by Chancler. He denied anything had occurred. But overturned tables and broken glass in the home indicated there had been a struggle in the home.

Cromwell looked into Chancler's past and found that he has a history of abusing women. His three previous domestic violence conviction involving different women allowed Cromwell to charge him with felony assault in the current case.

— Sanne Specht