By Ray King

A Jefferson County man who was arrested last week for misdemeanor domestic battery will face a felony allegation after it was determined that he had a prior domestic battery conviction in the past five years.

James Jordan, 49, had been arrested by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy who had responded to a reported domestic disturbance on May 21 at a house on Forrest Drive.

The female victim reported that Jordan had twisted her arm and struck her in the face and had threatened to break her arm. The deputy also reported seeing physical injuries to the victim and Jordan, who was reportedly intoxicated, was arrested. The victim also had an order of protection against Jordan.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Carol Billings said that Jordan had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery in 2019.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $5,000 bond for Jordan after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a felony.

Jordan was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

According to the intake log at the adult detention center, the Department of Community Corrections has also placed a hold on Jordan.