Portola man guilty of felony domestic violence

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor


David Scott Hall could face 13 years in prison.

A jury last month found a 41-year-old Portola man guilty of four felonies stemming from two separate domestic incidents with different victims.

David Scott Hall is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing June 26. He faces up to 13 years in state prison.

The jury delivered its verdict May 23, following a four-day trial in Plumas County Superior Court. The jurors heard testimony from 11 witnesses, including one of the victims.

Hall is guilty of two counts of domestic violence, one count of false imprisonment and one count of child abuse — all felonies.

The jury also found Hall inflicted great bodily injury during one of the acts of violence. He previously served prison time for a child abuse conviction.

Hall was on trial for incidents that occurred in March 2013 and July 2012.

He was arrested March 1, 2013, after Plumas County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrea Murana responded to the emergency room because of injuries suffered by Hall’s girlfriend.

The victim reportedly had such extensive facial injuries that she was unrecognizable. An examination revealed a broken bone in her neck as well as facial swelling, a cut over her eye, bite marks on her shoulder and chest, and extensive bruising all over her body.

Hall was also on trial for an assault on a different former girlfriend and her children that happened July 6, 2012.

In that case, Hall shoved his girlfriend into a bathtub, knocking her unconscious, and choked her 11-year-old daughter to the point of unconsciousness.

The adult victim in the 2012 case was flown in from Pennsylvania to testify. The most recent victim refused to testify.

Plumas County District Attorney David Hollister, who prosecuted the case, said he appreciated “the consideration and deliberation of the jury in reaching their verdict, as well as the witnesses for their courage in testifying.”

“This case featured horrific injuries from very dangerous situations,” Hollister said. “It highlighted some of the challenges in prosecuting the crime of domestic violence.”

Hall remains at the Plumas County jail where he is being held without bail.


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