Man draws 10-20 years for at­tack on woman

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

His “bru­tal as­sault” of a sleep­ing Lower Pottsgrove woman dur­ing a drug-fu­eled bur­glary of her home has landed a Roy­ers­ford man be­hind state prison bars.

Bran­don Robert Fisher, 30, of the 100 block of Adams Street, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 10 to 20 years in state prison in con­nec­tion with the 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 2016, in­ci­dent at a home along Sanatoga Sta­tion Road in Lower Pottsgrove.

The sen­tence was im­posed by Judge Todd D. Eisen­berg be­fore whom Fisher pleaded guilty to felony charges of bur­glary and rob­bery. With the rob­bery charge, Fisher, who was rep­re­sented by de­fense lawyer John Kravitz, ad­mit­ted that while com­mit­ting a theft he in­flicted se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury on the vic­tim.

The 23-year-old woman suf­fered neck and fa­cial in­juries, in­clud­ing a frac­tured nose and chipped tooth, and sig­nif­i­cant bruis­ing after Fisher used his fists to beat her and also stran­gle her dur­ing the bur­glary.

“What hap­pened to her that night is every­body’s worst night­mare. The way she de­scribed it, it had started off as a reg­u­lar day and her en­tire world was turned com­pletely up­side down when he walked into her house and bru­tally as­saulted her,” said county As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Bri­anna Ring­wood, who sought a lengthy prison term against Fisher.

Prose­cu­tors al­leged the crime was fu­eled by Fisher’s drug ad­dic­tion. Fisher stole the woman’s per­sonal be­long­ings from her Mahr Mill Apart­ments res­i­dence to sup­port his drug habit, “to find money to get drugs,” Ring­wood al­leged.

“This was a very heinous, bru­tal as­sault in the sanc­tity and se­cu­rity of the vic­tim’s home where she was ly­ing on her couch sleep­ing when he walked in,” Ring­wood said. “This de­fen­dant com­mit­ted a very bru­tal at­tack that day on a com­plete stranger.

“On that day, he demon­strated the level of vi­o­lence that he’s ca­pa­ble of in or­der to get his next fix, in or­der to get high. He is a com­plete dan­ger to so­ci­ety,” Ring­wood added.

The vic­tim re­ported wak­ing up on her couch in her liv­ing room to find a man, later de­ter­mined to be Fisher, stand­ing over her with a ham­mer, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. The woman told po­lice that the in­truder de­manded money and then struck her in the face mul­ti­ple times be­fore flee­ing the res­i­dence in a black Kia Soul ve­hi­cle.

Author­i­ties ini­tially be­lieved Fisher struck the woman with the ham­mer but prose­cu­tors on Sept. 27 con­tended Fisher vi­o­lently struck the woman with his fists. Prose­cu­tors ex­plained there was not suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove Fisher used the ham­mer dur­ing the as­sault.

Re­gard­less of the means Fisher used to beat the woman, prose­cu­tors said the vic­tim’s face was so swollen “that she was al­most un­rec­og­niz­able.”

At 6:15 p.m., Lim­er­ick po­lice spot­ted Fisher in the Kia Soul and ob­served him at­tempt­ing to dis­card items in a Dump­ster lo­cated on Light­cap Road. Fisher, who was taken into cus­tody at that time, had blood on his hands and body and sev­eral small cuts on his neck, in­juries that ap­peared con­sis­tent with be­ing caused by fin­ger­nails, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed by Lower Pottsgrove De­tec­tive Daniel Kienle.

In the Dump­ster, po­lice found sev­eral zip­pered makeup pouches and a cell­phone, items that had been stolen from the vic­tim’s res­i­dence.

A search of the Kia re­vealed more make-up bags, a bat­tery and SIM card that ap­peared to match the cell­phone dis­carded in the Dump­ster, along with “two sy­ringes lo­cated in the cup holder in the cen­ter con­sole of the ve­hi­cle,” ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate footage of a se­cu­rity cam­era at the apart­ments showed Fisher ar­riv­ing in the Soul and ex­it­ing the ve­hi­cle at around the time of the bur­glary and as­sault.

Ring­wood said in ad­di­tion to suf­fer­ing the phys­i­cal ef­fects of the beat­ing, the vic­tim also suf­fered emo­tional in­juries.

“She talked about how she doesn’t feel safe in her home and talks about hav­ing night­mares and panic at­tacks,” said Ring­wood, re­fer­ring to the vic­tim im­pact let­ter the woman wrote to the judge. “Even a year later, she still suf­fers from the emo­tional in­juries that he caused to her and will con­tinue to suf­fer for a very long time.”

Ear­lier that day, at about 4:40 p.m., a rel­a­tive of Fisher’s called Roy­ers­ford po­lice to re­port Fisher had taken cash and the Kia Soul with­out per­mis­sion and was driv­ing to Pottstown to buy nar­cotics, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Bran­don R. Fisher

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