NAMPA — A Nampa man will spend at least two and a half years in prison after strangling a woman and ripping out clumps of her hair in an argument.
Clark Wells Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempted strangulation Aug. 5. He was arrested in June, after his victim fled to a Nampa fire station in the middle of the night. The victim said that Wells had tried to choke her several times during an argument. During the investigation police discovered that Wells had also torn her clothes, ripped out clumps of her hair, and tried to smother her with a pillow.
At his Oct. 15 sentnecing, Wells said he had been intoxicated the night of the attack and did not remember trying to strangle the woman, but admitted to police that the two had argued that night.
Wells could spend as long as 10 years in prison if he is not granted parole. He has prior felony convictions for lewd conduct with a minor under 16 and fraudulent use of a financial transaction card.
Wells also had two prior domestic battery convictions and violation of a no contact order, involving a different victim.
Deputy Prosecutor Monica Morrison said Wells sentence sent a message about the seriousness of domestic violence. She had asked the judge to sentence him to ten years with four years fixed.
Mr. Wells recent and past behavior shows he has no respect for women, she said. He has a long history of domestic violence and needs to be held accountable. This sentence sends the message that Canyon County takes domestic violence very seriously, and will prosecute it to the fullest extent of the law.
Wells was also barred from contacting the victim for ten years, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.