An Augusta man charged with rape pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday and received a three-year prison sentence.
Dejonnerio T. Holder, 30, must serve an additional seven years on probation after he completes the prison sentence, Judge J. Wade Padgett ordered Monday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Holder was charged with rape and aggravated assault Oct. 2 after taking a former girlfriend to the hospital because her head was injured when he pushed her into the bathtub, said Assistant District Attorney Titus Nichols. The prosecutor had pictures to show the judge her injuries, which included old and new bruises and bite marks. Holder had previous convictions for drugs, theft and domestic violence, Nichols said.
Holder, who is working two jobs and raising two small children, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and aggravated assault. His attorney, Rodney Quesenberry, said that with the possibility of serving life without parole if convicted of rape, there was too much risk to take a chance with a jury trial.