Contact could imprison Oak Harbor man for 5 years

A 27-year-old Oak Harbor man with a history of violating protection orders could end up in prison for up to five years if convicted of new charges filed against him, court documents indicate.

Prosecutors charged Rocky Birdsey in Island County Superior Court June 2 with felony violation of a court order, assault in the fourth degree and malicious mischief in the third degree.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Robert Mirabal responded to a report of a domestic assault at an apartment on Oak Harbor Street May 27. Mirabal discovered that a woman had been living with Birdsey in violation of a court order barring him from contacting her, the report states.

In addition, the woman claimed Birdsey had punched and kicked her and broke the bathroom door when she locked him out, the report states.

Birdsey denied that the woman had been in his apartment, Mirabal wrote.

The officer wrote that Birdsey said he had been sent to prison for beating the woman in the past. He was previously convicted in three different courts of violating protection orders.

If convicted of the charges, Birdsey could face from four years and three months to five years in prison under the standard sentencing range. A criminal history increases the sentencing range.

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