DECATUR – Kreyshon Mitchell, 19, of Decatur is being held in jail on $40,000 bond after he was charged with battering a woman and possessing a 20-gauge shotgun while he had a prior felony conviction.

Mitchell, who is on probation for a conviction in which he battered a different woman 11 months ago, entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to seven felony counts. He is scheduled to return to court April 7 for a plea hearing.

A 20-year-old Decatur resident was at her home in the 1900 block of East Prairie Avenue at about 11:15 a.m. March 2, when Mitchell arrived. The woman has an order of protection against Mitchell that prohibits him from being at or near her home.

During his visit, "Kreyshon smacked her in the face and shoved her down to the floor twice while in an upstairs bedroom," said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Joshua Davis. Mitchell then shoved her to the floor twice more in the living room.

Mitchell "also stepped on her eyeglasses and broke them, and threw her cellphone into the wall," the victim told police. Mitchell took control of her phone to prevent her from making any calls.

During his visit, Mitchell had a shotgun in his possession, which he took with him when he left the residence.

An eyewitness corroborated the victim's account, police said.

When Decatur patrol officers encountered Mitchell a short distance from the residence, a witness provided information as to where Mitchell hid the shotgun. After officers found the shotgun, which was loaded with one shell, Mitchell admitted that he had possessed it, Davis wrote in his statement.

Mitchell was arraigned March 7 on one count of unlawful possession of weapons by a felon, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of domestic battery with a prior conviction of that offense and one count each of violation of an order of protection with a prior domestic battery conviction and criminal damage to property.

Mitchell was convicted July 13 of domestic battery/bodily harm and criminal trespass to residence with persons present, in a case in which he was originally charged with home invasion. In that case, Mitchell forced his way into the home of a 19-year-old female the night of April 26 and hit her repeatedly with a closed fist, dragged her out of her house and smashed her phone.

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