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Sparr man accused of choking woman on back porch, preventing her from calling 911

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 50-year-old Sparr man after he was accused of choking a woman on the back porch of a local residence and preventing her from calling 911.

On Wednesday, November 30, an MCSO deputy responded to the incident location in reference to a domestic battery incident. Upon arrival at the residence, the female victim met the deputy at the front gate and appeared to be in distress, according to the MCSO report.

The victim told the deputy that she had gotten into an argument with Dennis Carlton Wallace, Jr. on the back porch of the residence. During the argument, the victim claimed that Wallace grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Dennis Carlton Wallace, Jr.
Dennis Carlton Wallace, Jr.

While on the ground, the victim stated that Wallace hit her in the right rib, which caused her to lose her breath. According to the victim, Wallace proceeded to put his hands around her neck, and she “went limp.” She advised that Wallace then told her, “I hope you’re (expletive) dead, because you’re going to die tonight or I’m going to prison.”

The victim told the deputy that she was unable to breathe for a few seconds while Wallace’s hands were allegedly around her neck. She stated that she was then able to get up, and she grabbed her cellphone in an attempt to contact law enforcement.

According to the victim, Wallace grabbed her cellphone and proceeded to stomp on it. She advised that she ran through the residence, grabbed the house phone, and hid in a bush near the residence until law enforcement arrived because she was “terrified of Wallace.”

In the MCSO report, the deputy observed that the victim had two red marks on both sides of her neck that were consistent with her statement. While the deputy did not observe any rib injuries, the deputy noted that there was a red mark on the victim’s knees and she had bush debris stuck on her leggings.

The deputy also observed that the back glass of the victim’s cellphone was shattered, a camera lens was missing, and glass was inside the phone case. The victim stated that her cellphone was in good condition prior to the alleged incident.

The deputy made contact with Wallace. After being read his Miranda rights, Wallace advised that the victim had started the argument on the back porch. He then claimed that the victim threw something at him, which caused him to fall onto the concrete patio.

Wallace claimed that the victim approached him “aggressively” while he was on the ground, and he stated that he pushed her to the ground. He denied the allegations that he choked the victim, and he also denied stomping on her cellphone.

The deputy noted in the MCSO report that Wallace had a scraped knee that appeared to be fresh.

The deputy placed Wallace under arrest and transported him to the Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. Wallace is facing felony charges for committing domestic battery by strangulation and hindering, delaying, or preventing the communication to a law enforcement officer of information relating to the commission of an offense or violation.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.