A former NJ state prison corrections officer has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison for beating his ex-girlfriend.
The 41-year-old defendant pleaded guilty earlier this year to committing the assault in Pequannock, NJ. He broke the victim’s nose and eye socket in the attack. The victim later had to undergo facial reconstruction surgery for the damage. She also suffered nerve damage and loss of memory in the attack.
The defendant had been charged with aggravated assault and witness tampering. According to prosecutors, he tried to persuade his girlfriend not to testify about the attack and, later, to say that her injuries were caused by a car accident. Prosecutors said he continually contacted the victim over a period of eight months following the assault. These communications were in direct violation of a court order.
At sentencing in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, NJ, the judge sentenced the defendant to seven years in New Jersey State Prison. The judge also ordered the defendant to pay $1,340 to the victim as compensation for her medical bills.
The defendant will be eligible for parole in a little more than 16 months.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Ex-State Prison Guard Gets 7 Years in State Prison after Brutal Attack on Ex-Girlfriend.“