A Grass Valley business owner who was facing felony assault charges had those charges reduced to a misdemeanor yesterday in Nevada County Superior Court. On October 11th of last year, 41 year old Jason Hommel was arrested after his wife called 911 to report Hommel had allegedly choked her while she was holding the couple’s 11-month-old son and she fell to the floor. Nevada County District Attorney Cliff Newell says following a preliminary hearing yesterday, where the victim testified, Judge R.M. Smith reduced the charges.
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Hommel’s attorney argued that his client has no prior convictions and had undergone counseling in support of reducing the charged to a misdemeanor. Hommel is the owner of J.H. Mint in Grass Valley. The district attorney says at this point a misdemeanor pre-trial conference is set for September 10th and the DA’s office will follow through with the case in that fashion and continue to talk to the defendant’s attorney and resolve the case at some level.