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Judge sentences domestic abuser to 7 years for violating no-contact order 27 times

Man threatened to shoot, stab victim in face

Marcel Compton
Marcel Compton

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge sentenced a repeated domestic violence offender to seven years for 27 violations of a no-contact order in which he harassed and threatened the same woman, calling her disparaging names and saying he would kill her and “shoot or stab” her in the face. 

On Friday, 6th Judicial District Associate Judge Nicholas Scott said the threats made by Marcel S. Compton, 52, of Cedar Rapids, were “alarming” because many of the phone calls, text messages and emails to the woman laid out a threatening plan to kill her and others around her.

Scott said it was particularly concerning to him that Compton, in one call or message, told the woman she could call the police for help but “my court will be held on the streets.”

“I have a fear for the safety of the victim, her children and others around her in the community,” Scott said.

During the hearing, Compton apologized for the calls and messages but minimized the threats, saying he would never go through with them because of his daughter. He was “angry, frustrated and drunk” when he made the threats, he said, and was upset the woman had moved on with another boyfriend.

Scott told Compton he appreciated his acknowledgment of the no-contact order violations but because of the prior offenses of domestic violence and no-contact violations against this woman that “it hasn’t gotten through to you that you can’t contact her.”

Scott said he had to “get his attention” and was sentencing him to 94 days on each of the 27 violations to protect the victim and the community. He also ordered Compton to complete a domestic violence treatment program while serving his seven-year prison sentence.

Assistant Linn County Attorney Monica Slaughter asked the judge to sentence Compton to the maximum — 180 days for each of the violations — because he had “stalked, terrorized and tormented” the woman for over two years, she said. Slaughter said the woman lived in fear of Compton and went as far as designating a “safety place” for her and her daughter if Compton acted on his threats.

“She only feels safe when he’s behind bars,” Slaughter said.

Mark Meyer, Compton’s lawyer, argued his client wouldn’t act upon his threats. He felt “helpless and frustrated” because he couldn’t see his daughter, Meyer said.

Meyer asked for a much lesser sentence, saying the maximum penalty of 180 days on each would be disproportionate to the original offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

After the hearing, Slaughter said she was happy for the judge’s decision, adding that offenders like Compton usually don’t receive this much jail time for violations, but the Linn County Attorney’s Office has made it a priority to treat each violation as a separate charge in more serious cases.

Compton was convicted in 2016 for assault causing bodily injury and sentenced to 120 days in jail with work release privileges, court documents show. While out on work release, he went to the woman’s workplace while intoxicated, according to court documents. The woman was sitting in her car outside work when Compton got in the back seat and began to threaten her. He then chased her into the business and threatened her in front of police when they responded, documents show.

He was then convicted of harassment and contempt, and his probation was revoked and he served 120 days in jail.

Compton has a pending second-degree sexual abuse charge in a separate case. A 15-year-old girl told authorities Compton sexually abused her from 2007 to 2014, according to a criminal complaint.

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