LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Pikeville man arrested for assaulting his former live-in girlfriend is now facing more charges after he allegedly called her from jail and threatened to kill her.

According to an arrest warrant, 32-year-old Joseph Sowards allegedly called the victim and told her "he would be happier" if she helped him get out of jail. He allegedly said "he would have a vendetta if she did not come get him."

Police say Sowards allegedly called the victim again and told her "I guarantee if you let me sit here for a year, it's going to be worse than it ever was. I will be coming to kill you."

Sowards is now charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process and terroristic threatening, in addition to several other previous charges, including assault, criminal mischief and possession of methamphetamine.

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