Bail jumping takes Geneva abuser from bad to worse

A Geneva man will spend 1-3 years in state prison for beating up a woman and then bail jumping.

On Tuesday Russell Carlson, 40, pleaded guilty to felony second degree bail jumping and misdemeanor criminal contempt. During victim impact statements she stated that she hoped to continue to stay in touch with the convict.

“I feel like our charges spiraled out of control,” said the woman during the victim impact statement. “I still want to be with Russ and want to see him and communicate with him.”

According to First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride he’s dealt with Carlson before, and requested the maximum time allowed in a ‘no contact’ order of protection.

“Mr. Carlson is a danger to this community. He has a track record of violating court orders and perpetrating crimes against women,” said MacBride after the sentencing. “This sentence will ensure that for a finite period of time he cannot harm the victim or other vulnerable females that come into his clutches.”

Initially, Carlson was offered a 1-year conditional discharge on the criminal contempt charge. He turned down that offer, then jumped bail where he picked up the state prison sentence.

“I just want to be able to go home when this is all over,” said Carlson.

Russel was represented by Christian Catalano who argued on his clients behalf for a ‘no offensive’ order of protection between his client and the victim.

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