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Former '90 Day Fiancé' Star Geoffrey Paschel Sentenced To 18 Years For Assaulting Ex
Geoffrey Paschal was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and domestic assault for a 2019 incident involving his former fiancée.
Former “90 Day Fiancé" star Geoffrey Paschel has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars without the possibility of parole for kidnapping and assaulting his ex.
Paschel was convicted of aggravated kidnapping, domestic assault and interference with emergency calls during a two-day trial in October, according to a statement from the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office announcing the sentence.
“With the sentence in this case, no other victims will be abused by this offender for a long time,” District Attorney Charme Allen said.
The Knox County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Rocky Hill home of Paschel’s fiancée on June 9, 2019. When they arrived, she told authorities that Paschel had grabbed her by the neck, “slammed her head against the wall several times,” threw her to the ground and dragged her during a violent physical altercation, prosecutors said.
The woman described the attack herself in a petition for an order seeking protection against Paschel, obtained by Knox News.
"He dragged me through the house by my hair and continued throwing my body into walls and furniture. I know this because of blood on my walls, furniture, etc.,” the 30-year-old woman wrote.
She told police that he had been intoxicated at the time, according to an affidavit previously obtained by Oxygen.com.
After the attack, authorities said Paschel took the woman’s phone so that she wouldn’t be able to call for help. She eventually fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911 after he fell asleep.
Officers at the scene said she had a large, raised bruise on her forehead, bruises and abrasions on her back, arms and the inside of her lip. She was also later diagnosed with a concussion.
During the trial, Paschel had argued that the woman’s injuries were self-inflicted, testifying that she had “ran smack into the door” while they were arguing and then “ran into the wall” and “bounced around the wall,” E! News reported.
A jury didn’t buy the account and convicted him.
Paschel was facing a lengthy sentence, in part, because of prior drug convictions. Prosecutors said he had been labeled a Range II Offender as a result of prior convictions in Blount County for Possession with Intent to Sell a Schedule I Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule II Cocaine. He also had two federal drug trafficking convictions out of the Eastern District of Texas.
Prosecutors also pointed to a jail video that showed Paschel trying to ask others to take his children to the victim’s house in an attempt to “convince her to ask the Court for leniency,” prosecutors said.
Paschel appeared on season four of TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.” which followed his romance with Russian girlfriend Varya Malina.
After the criminal allegations against him surfaced, fans urged TLC to remove him from the show and he was not allowed to participate in a tell-all episode of the series.
Malina appeared to continue to support Paschel after his sentencing, posting a short video on Instagram with a birthday cake in honor of Paschel’s son Kazhem, who died at 13 months old in 2018.
“Sweet baby boy Kazhem would have celebrated his 5th birthday today,” she wrote. “Thank you @jersey_kristina for this wonderful cake, he and his dad would absolutely love it. Unfortunately neither of them got to taste it.”
“To be honest we didn’t expect much from this sentencing. 18 years? Alright, we passed the bottom, that means there’s only one way👆up! The grounds for the appeal became even stronger,” she continued. “Meanwhile the sky is still crying, I believe it’s because one little angel is very upset.”
She had also been in the courtroom during the sentencing, according to In Touch Weekly.