Coatesville Man Sentenced to 57-114 Years for Violent Assaults on Former Girlfriends

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WEST CHESTER, PA — In a significant ruling this week, County Court of Common Pleas Judge Louis A. Mincarelli sentenced Marcus Cole, 44, of Coatesville, PA, to an aggregate sentence of 57-114 years in state prison. Cole was convicted for a series of violent assaults and strangulations on two of his former girlfriends.

The jury convicted Cole of multiple felonies, including aggravated assault, strangulation, kidnapping, burglary, and other offenses in July. He also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of aggravated assault and strangulation related to a domestic assault incident in July of 2020.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commented on the case, stating, “This defendant engaged in a violent and monstrous pattern of domestic violence. He brutally beat these women to the point that they thought they were going to die. They showed tremendous courage in coming forward. The community is safer now as a result of this significant sentence.”

Information presented in court revealed chilling details of Cole’s actions. On August 20, 2022, one of the victims reported to the police that Cole had assaulted her after forcibly entering her home on the 400 Block of Victoria Drive on August 15, 2022. She stated that the assaults continued into the early morning hours of August 16, 2022. Cole ripped her dress, took her belt, and strangled her with it. He also choked her with his hand and prevented her from leaving the residence during the assault.

In another incident on July 13, 2020, in West Whiteland Township, police responded to Bryn Mawr Hospital following a report of a woman with a fractured jaw. The victim stated that she was assaulted by Cole earlier that day at her residence. The accused had approached her from behind, grabbed her hair, lifted her off the floor, and jammed his whole hand into her mouth. He then strangled her with a towel and threw her down the steps into the garage.

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The City of Coatesville Police Department, West Whiteland Township Police Department, and Chester County Detectives led the investigations into these cases. Deputy DAs Bonnie Cox-Shaw and Nicole Morley were the assigned prosecutors for the case.

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office is encouraging anyone feeling unsafe around someone they love to contact the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County’s 24/7 hotline at 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

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