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Domestic violence conviction nets long prison term

One man in Florida was recently sentenced for domestic violence. The sentence of 151 months behind prison bars came after he pleaded guilty in federal court to interstate domestic violence along with violating a protection order. The man during his plea admitted to unlawfully entering the home of a woman with whom he had previously lived for about five years. Apparently, the man and woman had two kids together.

After the man used a cord to strangle the woman and then assaulted her, he forced her to leave Florida with him. He also forced their kids to go with him. About eight hours later, however, police arrested the man in a neighboring state.

The woman and the kids were rescued. She received medical treatment for the injuries she reportedly suffered as a result of the strangulation. Several parties investigated this case, including Florida's Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a couple of sheriff's offices.

When a person faces domestic violence charges, his or her defense counsel might explore the possibility of a plea deal with the prosecution, if one is offered and it is appropriate to the circumstances. A plea agreement might offer the advantage of a lighter sentence for the defendant compared with what might result following a conviction after trial. Every person in Florida who is accused of domestic violence, whether at the state or federal level, has the right to insist upon a trial, thereby forcing prosecutors to actually prove the formal accusations through evidence that meets the exacting requirements of the criminal justice system.

Source: wctv.com, "Bristol Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence Charges", Oct. 1, 2015

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