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Oft-arrested Ocala man punches woman with deputy watching

Jimmie Lee Stevens

An Ocala man with more than a dozen prior arrests is back behind bars after he reportedly punched a woman in the face while a Marion County sheriff’s deputy was trying to separate him from the victim.

Jimmie Lee Stevens, 32, was charged Monday with domestic battery (second or subsequent offense). Marion County Jail records show Stevens has been arrested 16 times since 2007 on charges including domestic battery, retail theft, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and probation violations. He was arrested in June for allegedly kicking a paramedic during an outburst in an ambulance.

In the latest incident, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrived at the incident location and found Stevens and the victim engaged in a verbal argument. The deputy separated the pair to deescalate the situation, but they started arguing again and the deputy saw Stevens punch the victim in the face, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Stevens was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he is being held on $2,000 bond. He is due to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 8.

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