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Man Who Beat Ex-Lover on Lovers Lane Headed to Prison



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Jimmy Reed’s refusal to give up his violent ways is sending him back to state prison.

A Tulare County jury convicted the 46-year-old Exeter man of attempted murder, assault, and domestic violence on Thursday, May 27.

The Third Strike convictions stem from Reed’s late-night beating of a former girlfriend in May 2020.

Jimmy Reed

Reed faces a sentence of 25 years to life. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 25.

Demanded Ride at Lovers Lane Gas Station

According to court testimony, Reed approached the victim at a gas station on Lovers Lane in Visalia.

Fearing for her safety, the victim started driving to the police station. Reed then punched her multiple times in the head, put her in a headlock, and choked her with both hands. The victim lost consciousness, and Reed fled from the car. The victim’s injuries included a swollen forehead, bruised cheeks, a concussion, and bleeding from her ears.

A few days later, Exeter police officers arrested Reed.

Reed’s prior convictions: carjacking causing great bodily injury with a deadly weapon (1998) and assault while in custody with great bodily injury (2003).

Tulare County Deputy District Attorney Michael Caldwell prosecuted the case.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email