Thursday, December 26, 2013

Court Orders Man Who Fractured Girlfriend’s Skull To Write “Boys Do Not Hit Girls” 5000 Times

A man who punched his girlfriend in the face, fracturing her skull in
three places, has been jailed for a maximum six months for
misdemeanour assault.
Pacer Anthony Ferguson was also ordered by Yellowstone County District
Court judge G Todd Baugh to write "boys do not hit girls" 5000 times.
Ferguson, of Billings, Montana, has to number the list, sign it and
mail it to the district court judge by May 23, the Billings Gazette
He was also ordered to pay $3,800 towards his girlfriend's medical bills.
Ferguson admitted in court that he punched his girlfriend in the face
during an argument on August 24, 2012.
His girlfriend, who had to have a permanent mesh titanium plate
inserted, gave evidence during the four-day trial stating that she
suffered from double vision when she looks up or down and has
occasional numbness and pain in her face.
The jury convicted Ferguson of the misdemeanour assault charge. He was
acquitted of more serious charges of felony aggravated assault and
felony witness tampering.
Ferguson though had to appear was next before District Judge Gregory
R. Todd for a disposition hearing on a sentence for a felony attempted
robbery – he attempted to rob a man with a knife – in 2003.
"As you know, we've seen each other over the course of many years –
from the start of my judgeship," Todd told Ferguson, adding that he is
going into his 14th year as a judge.
He ruled that Ferguson violated the terms of his release for the 2003
robbery multiple times, including the misdemeanour assault, and
ordered him to spend eight years in Montana State Prison.
The sentence will run concurrent to Ferguson's sentence for the
misdemeanour assault.
Chief Deputy Yellowstone County attorney Juli M. Pierce said after the
hearing that she respected the two sentences the judges gave Ferguson.
"We'll continue to prosecute domestic violence cases no matter what
the outcome is," she said, shortly after Ferguson was taken into
custody. "We'll continue to fight that fight because that's why we're
here – for the protection of the community."

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