Columbia County man sentenced to 20 years on abuse charges

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EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) – A Columbia County man indicted on six felony charges, including four for cruelty to children, has been sentenced.

35-year-old Ryan Paquette was sentenced to 20 years in confinement followed by 25 years on parole.

He pled guilty to all charges.

Paquette turned himself in back in April after he allegedly had been abusing his wife physically and verbally for more than a decade.

On the night of April 8, deputies say he dragged her by her hair, punched her and then tried to choke her in front of their four children, all while she was pregnant.

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