Spring­dale man guilty of bat­ter­ing ex-wife

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - RON WOOD Ron Wood can be reached by email at rwood@nwadg.com or on Twit­ter @NWARDW.

FAYET­TEVILLE — A Spring­dale man pleaded guilty Thurs­day to bat­ter­ing his ex-wife last sum­mer and leav­ing her alone for six hours be­fore seek­ing med­i­cal help for her.

Julie Phillips had a frac­tured jaw­bone and skull, sev­eral se­ri­ous lac­er­a­tions and pos­si­ble dam­age to her left eye, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Her in­juries were pos­si­bly caused by be­ing run over by a trac­tor and be­ing beaten, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The in­ci­dent took place July 24 at 22236 But­ler Ford Road, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Gree­ley Ryan Phillips, 44, pleaded guilty to first-de­gree bat­tery. Wash­ing­ton County Cir­cuit Judge Mark Lind­say sen­tenced him to 15 years at the Arkansas Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion with three years sus­pended.

Phillips also pleaded guilty to vi­o­lat­ing pro­ba­tion for a prior do­mes­tic bat­tery con­vic­tion and was sen­tenced to 10 years. The two sen­tences will run con­cur­rently.

Phillips was orig­i­nally charged with at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, but the charge was amended be­cause there were no fewer than four dif­fer­ent ver­sions of what hap­pened, ac­cord­ing to John Sny­der, as­sis­tant pros­e­cut­ing at­tor­ney.

Sny­der said Julie Phillips and Gree­ley Phillips gave mul­ti­ple ac­counts of what hap­pened. They ranged from her be­ing run over by a trac­tor and brush mower to fall­ing from a trac­tor to be­ing hit in the head with the hand­set from a ro­tary tele­phone to fall­ing from a pickup.

Gree­ley Phillips had been set for trial next week.

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