Trinity man gets 12 years in prison for assaulting, strangling woman

Joe Greggs (Source: Trinity County Jail)
Joe Greggs (Source: Trinity County Jail)

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A 38-year-old Trinity man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault-family violence for assaulting and choking a woman that he met at a local hotel for consensual sex in April. Joe Louis Greggs was sentenced to 12 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

Greggs, who was originally charged with aggravated kidnapping, pleaded guilty to the assault charge on August 15. Because he has a previous assault-family violence conviction on his record, Greggs' charge was upgraded to a second-degree felony.

On April 8, the Trinity Police Department responded to a local hotel in regard to a 911 call about a woman who was allegedly kidnapped and held hostage. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office assisted on the call, and Greggs was arrested at the scene.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said they have a taped confession from Greggs. Greggs told authorities he met a woman at a local hotel for consensual sex. While he was there, he started smoking telephone book pages dipped in formaldehyde and became increasingly violent.

"He was smoking, I guess what he referred to as formaldehyde with telephone book pages. He was actually dipping telephone book pages into formaldehyde and was smoking that and had become very violent. She wanted to leave. He wouldn't let her leave and then he assaulted her several times. He choked her. Held her down and choked her and wouldn't let her leave," Wallace said.

Wallace said the woman became scared and told Greggs to leave. At that point, Gregg assaulted the woman several times and started choking her.

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