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Woman Speaks Out About Abuse

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Tue, October 2 2012 at 6:10 PM, Updated: Tue, October 2 2012 at 7:31 PM

Kori Waterman is tonight, living in fear.

"He took me by the back of my head and slammed by head on the floor," she said.

"At one point I tried to fight back and he [...] started choking me [...] I couldn't breathe and I was thinking he's gonna kill me right now, i'm gonna die and there's nothing I can do."

Court documents show the incident itself happened back in June. Back in August, her ex-boyfriend Jade Yandell was convicted of, among other crimes, 2nd degree Assault. It's a Measure 11 crime in Oregon with a mandatory minimum five-year, 10-month sentencing. However, according to records, he received 60-days in jail.

"He was out a couple days later, after he was sentenced ...basically they did nothing," said Waterman.

The Deputy District Attorney handling the case said a loophole called an "Escape Hatch," got his sentence down to 60-days. Among the reasons: he didn't use a deadly weapon, the courts didn't feel she was significantly injured and his criminal past wasn't bad enough to keep him behind bars for five years.

Those reasons, coupled with the county's lack of jailbeds due to a failed property tax levy, meant he didn't even do the 60-days in jail.

"It's not the sheriff's fault," began Waterman.

"I don't even blame the DA, it's the people who control the budget," she continued.

Waterman, losing faith in the judicial system's ability to protect people in rural Josephine County.   

Now she said, she's preparing for the worst.

"That's what I have to prepare for, for him to come back and try to kill me," said Waterman.

She said she has bought surveillance cameras, and has thought up a detailed plan...just in case the man who she says almost took her life, tries again.

Waterman said she and her 17-year-old son have a restraining order against Yandell, but she claims he walked right through it on Monday.

The District Attorney we spoke with said Yandell has a long history of domestic violence with previous girlfriends.

Meantime, county officials have said they've done all they can with the money they have.

About the Author

Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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