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This week Joshua Brandon Marcum, 34, of Livermore, entered no contest pleas to felony counts of forcible false imprisonment and witness dissuasion. Mr. Marcum also admitted a prior conviction under California’s “three strikes” law, stemming from his 2012 conviction for second-degree robbery in Alameda County. Mr. Marcum waived all pre-plea credits for jail time served and was immediately sentenced to 7 years, 8 months in prison.
Marcum committed the first of his recent documented crimes on September 2, 2017 inside a motel room in Garberville. Mr. Marcum became upset with his then-girlfriend, struck her in the head with a shoe, forced her into the bathroom, poured food and laundry detergent on her, and threatened to hurt her if she reported him to law enforcement. Despite these threats, the victim called the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department; Deputy Mendes responded and arrested Marcum.
Humboldt County District Attorney Investigators Soderberg and Kirkpatrick later uncovered evidence that Mr. Marcum and several of his friends and family members were attempting to dissuade the victim from testifying in court.