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Obeying protective order ‘not complicated task’

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Obeying a protective order is “not a complicated task,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said this week in a Hiwassee man’s case.

Michael Dean Quesenberry was in Pulaski County Circuit Court for breaking conditions of probation on a conviction of violating a protective order. Fleenor said the violation came “a mere four days after” Quesenberry was convicted of another charge of violating a protective order.

Fleenor said the fact it took Quesenberry so little time to violate the court order again should be an aggravating factor. As such, he asked Judge Marcus Long Jr. to impose a “significant period of incarceration.”

Quesenberry was subject to having two years, eight months of suspended time revoked.

Defense attorney Cynthia Dodge pointed out there were no violent charges, such as assault and battery, accompanying the protective order violation. She added that the violation could have involved a text or some form of contact initiated by the person from whom Quesenberry was ordered to stay away.

Rather than impose a jail sentence, she asked Judge Long to refer her client to a Domestic Violence Alternative Course (DVAC) so he can learn “how to avoid contact.”

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist” to learn how to stay away from someone, Fleenor said.

Judge Long convicted Quesenberry of violating terms of probation. “Court orders are very important; especially in the domestic arena,” he said, pointing out that there are a lot of injuries and deaths that result from violations of protective orders.

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