A 29-year-old Jefferson man will be spending nine months in jail after admitting Monday, Feb. 5, that he repeatedly punched a woman in the face last fall.

Allen L. Fogg pleaded guilty in Knox County Unified Court to domestic violence assault and criminal mischief. The plea came after the District Attorney's Office agreed to reduce the assault from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The charge had been a felony because he had a terrorizing conviction in 2010 and an assault conviction in 2015.

Judge Susan Sparaco asked why the felony was being lowered to a misdemeanor. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the agreement was reached because Fogg was accepting responsibility for the crime at an early stage and the victim was a reluctant witness. The prosecutor said nine months is a significant jail term.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the victim said Fogg was punching holes in her wall at her residence in Warren and was breaking belongings, including an IPad. When she tried to get him to stop, he punched her repeatedly in the face, giving her a black eye.

The assault occurred Nov. 24 and an arrest warrant was obtained two weeks later, after police were notified of the incident. Fogg was located and arrested Feb. 2 and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.

He pleaded at his initial court appearance Monday.