Connecticut authorities have leveled domestic violence charges against a 31-year-old man who formerly worked as a corrections officer in another state. The domestic violence charges came about after an apparent altercation between the man and his girlfriend of five months. During two incidents in a short period of time, officials maintain that the man struck the woman, choked her, slammed her up against a wall, did damage to her cell phone and ultimately stranded her in a park after the second alleged assault.
The man is now facing charges that include assault, strangulation, coercion, threatening and disturbing the peace, among others. The man's girlfriend supposedly told Connecticut police that the altercation first started after her boyfriend became jealous when she spoke to a male friend. At first, she said that he simply took her cell phone and insulted her verbally.
The woman said that she tried to get him to leave her apartment but he would not go. At that point, the man became physical when she tried to exit the residents instead. After the man allegedly assaulted her there in the apartment, he purportedly coerced her into going to an area park with him, which is where the second alleged assault took place.
Domestic violence charges like the ones this man now faces can lead to serious consequences in the event that Connecticut prosecutors succeed in gaining a conviction. This is one reason that our justice system provides accused individuals the right to mount a vigorous criminal defense or negotiate a plea deal with authorities. Which choice is the right one to make will depend upon the specific facts and circumstances in each case. Researching the law and potential penalties is often a good first step for such individuals to take.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Willimantic Man Charged With Domestic Violence In West Hartford; Claimed to Be Correction Officer," David Owens, May 7, 2013