James A. Hancock apparently knew he had no chance at avoiding his fifth prison term.
A month after his latest arrest, Hancock appeared in Genesee County Court Thursday, waived his right to a grand jury presentation and pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree criminal contempt of court.
Hancock, 50, faces up to four years in prison for what is one of many, many convictions for violating orders of protection.
Hancock committed his latest violation less than two months after he was released from prison, his fourth term since 1988.
Hancock was sentenced in October 2016 to a two-to-four year prison term for repeatedly violating an order of protection, including violent attacks on a woman. He was released early but in September was returned to prison after violating parole.
He served out the remainder of his term and was released Dec. 17.
On Feb. 1, Hancock was arrested after he once again violated an order barring him from contact with a woman. He was charged with aggravated criminal contempt and first-degree criminal contempt.
He has remained in jail since and will remain there until sentencing in April.
Hancock’s criminal history dates back to the 1980s. In 1988, he was sentenced to state prison for a burglary conviction, spent 13 months in prison for a DWI conviction in 2000 and spent two years in prison for a felony criminal contempt involving the same woman in 2010.
He was arrested at least five times in 2015 and 2016 for domestic violence before finally being sent to prison.