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Maryland man found guilty of domestic violence

A Maryland man now faces the consequences of committing domestic violence. He and his romantic partner had a serious altercation back in 2009 that allegedly resulted in different types of abuse. Also, he is charged with beating his partner again in 2011. During the second reported encounter, the victim received injuries which landed her in the hospital. Because of these charges of domestic violence, the man has been found guilty in Prince George's County and must serve forty years in prison.

The earlier circumstances occurred when the man and his significant other were staying a local hotel. The couple had been having an argument all day, which reportedly ended in violence. The man is said to have committed such acts as tying the victim to a chair, chasing her and forcing her to get into his car against her will. Abuse was purportedly occurring for over two hours in the car as the couple was driving around Anne Arundel County.

According to witnesses, the woman was able to escape the man's vehicle when he stopped at a gas station. The two bystanders then alerted the police that something alarming was going on. In the more recent abusive episode, the woman was allegedly beaten to the point of hospitalization. At this point, she decided to end her relationship with the man who had abused her for years.

Under Maryland law, the man was found guilty of committing acts such as kidnapping and assault. He was sentenced to forty years in prison, but it has not been reported whether his sentence might be shortened. Anyone who is brave enough to leave a similarly abusive relationship may find comfort in knowing that legal assistance is available to help protect them against further abuse. Additionally, those wrongly accused of committing acts of domestic violence may wish to seek legal guidance to help fight the allegations.

Source: Hyattsville, MD Patch, "Man Gets 40 Years for Domestic Violence Crimes," Jenni Pompi, Jan. 24, 2013

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