A Rock Springs man was sentenced to four years supervised probation after a plea agreement was reached in Third District Court Monday.

Robert Joe Johnson, 43, was charged with battery against a household member, a felony. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in March of this year. He was scheduled for a jury trial but an agreement was reached at the last minute, and the jury was released. He was given a suspended prison sentence along with the probation.

This is not Johnson's first time in district court.

According to court documents, in 2008, Johnson was charged with domestic assault, stalking and property destruction.

On Jan. 1, 2008, Rock Springs Police responded to Johnson's home in Rock Springs after receiving a report of possible domestic violence.

When officers arrived, they found Johnson was extremely intoxicated. A neighbor told officers that Johnson's girlfriend, Courtney Freeze, was at her house and had been badly beaten.

According to the affidavit, the officers noted that Freeze's eyes were swollen shut and her face was covered in blood. Her 9-year-old daughter, who was also at the residence, told the officers Johnson had knocked her mother down and kicked her in the face with his boots.

Johnson subsequently appeared in court in August, 2008.

The charges were amended to misdemeanor counts and Johnson was sentenced to six months in the Sweetwater County Detention Center, one year unsupervised probation and ordered to attend anger management courses. The jail sentence was suspended.

A few month later, Johnson was back in court to face probation revocation after he failed to attend all the classes. At that time, he explained to the judge that his daughter had been ill and he was out of town to get medical care for her.

He was then placed back on probation after being ordered to see a counselor.

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