La Plata man gets 12 years for as­sault­ing ex-girl­friend

De­fen­dant pleaded guilty in June to as­sault, bur­glary charges in case

Maryland Independent - - News - By PAUL LA­GASSE pla­gasse@somd­ Twit­ter: @PaulIndyNews

A 30-year-old La Plata res­i­dent has been sen­tenced to 12 years in prison with an ad­di­tional 10 years sus­pended on charges of first-de­gree as­sault of his for­mer girl­friend and third-de­gree bur­glary of her home.

In sen­tenc­ing Wil­liam Alphonso Clark Jr. on Thurs­day, Charles County Cir­cuit Court Judge Amy J. Bra­gu­nier said, “I’m pretty sure had the de­fen­dant been left to his own de­vices that day, [the vic­tim] would be dead.”

On the morn­ing of Sun­day, Dec. 10, 2017, Clark used a large brick to shat­ter a slid­ing glass door in the back of the vic­tim’s house on Shel­ton Court in In­dian Head.

The vic­tim was able to call 911 to re­port Clark’s pres­ence, but was un­able to es­cape when Clark broke into her house. Clark at­tempted to stran­gle the vic­tim and re­peat­edly threat­ened her life while drag­ging her by the hair and punch­ing her mul­ti­ple times while she lay on the floor, re­port­edly cov­ered in glass from the bro­ken door.

Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies re­sponded to the vic­tim’s 911 call, and one of the of­fi­cers en­tered the home through a locked door. The of­fi­cer re­ported that he saw Clark pulling the vic­tim’s hair and punch­ing her in the face with his fist, where­upon he drew his firearm and or­dered Clark to re­lease the vic­tim.

Clark com­plied, and the vic­tim fled out­side to be cared for by a neigh­bor as the of­fi­cer took Clark into cus­tody.

Emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices treated the vic­tim’s in­juries, which in­cluded cuts to her fin­gers and arms, swelling on her neck and a bruised and swollen right eye.

The vic­tim told the po­lice that she and Clark had dated the pre­vi­ous year, and that over the past two weeks Clark had been call­ing her, though she had not an­swered.

She told po­lice that she feared Clark would have killed her if the of­fi­cer did not en­ter the home when he did.

Charles County State’s At­tor­ney Tony Cov­ing­ton praised the ac­tions of the sher­iff’s deputy who en­tered the house, and also com­mended the neigh­bors who had heard the vic­tim’s screams and di­rected the of­fi­cer to the her house.

“Evil wins when good peo­ple stand by and do noth­ing,” Cov­ing­ton said in a press re­lease. “This de­fen­dant was held ac­count­able for his crimes be­cause good peo­ple took ac­tion in this life-or-death sce­nario.”

“We need more of that in this coun­try,” he added.

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