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Colorado man to spend 18 years in prison for domestic violence

A Colorado man who was arrested in March 2011 for an extreme case of domestic violence has been sentenced. He'll reportedly be spending the next 18 years in the state penitentiary with the Colorado Department of Corrections.

The man, who had recently moved from Chaffee to a remote cabin at the Gibson Creek Trailhead, apparently assaulted his girlfriend at the cabin. According to the Wet Mountain Tribune, the 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

His sentence was the result of a plea deal, which also calls for five years of parole. He must also pay nearly $14,000 in fines and fees. He had been kept in the Custer County jail on a $100,000 bond until his sentencing.

In the assault, sources say he severely beat his girlfriend. Blood spatters from the victim were found through the cabin, authorities say. The sheriff called the incident the worst case of domestic violence after which the victim survived that he had ever seen.

The man wasn't supposed to be seeing his longtime girlfriend at the time of the attack. The Wet Mountain Tribune reports that a protection order had been in place in Chaffee County for about a year. Under that order, he was prohibited from contacting the woman.

The man's sentence was issued by a district judge at the Custer County courthouse sometime last week. It is perhaps an unusually long sentence for a domestic violence case, but this was also an extreme case of violence.

Source: Wet Mountain Tribune, "Man sentenced to 18 years in domestic violence case," Nora Drenner, Feb. 23, 2012

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