A Roanoke, Virginia, man was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for brutally attacking his pregnant while in a convenience store.
“This is my breaking point, I’m not fit to take this right now,” cried Jamar Bernard Woody in a Roanoke Circuit Court after learning his sentence.
He pleaded with the judge to reconsider and said that he didn’t want to see his sons grow up “through pictures.” Judge Chris Clemens, however, felt the consequences were appropriate for the action.
On June 8, 2016, Woody was caught on camera at a Roanoke convenience store viciously beating his girlfriend, who was three months pregnant at the time and using crutches. The incident, caught on tape, showed Woody punching the victim numerous times in the head.
The Roanoke Journal reports that the jurors openly gasped as they watched the video and saw Woody continue to attack his girlfriend even after she’d fallen to the floor.
According to a physician’s testimony, the victim was left with an a inch-long cut on her forehead that exposed her skull. Fortunately, her child, albeit being born prematurely, is healthy and thriving.
“She really is fortunate that she wasn’t hurt more than she actually was,” Roanoke Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Billingsley said during court.
The victim admitted that she, too, had a history of violence against the suspect and that the relationship had been tumultuous from the beginning. Woody’s sister said that her brother suffers from a mental illness and that she noticed it surfacing numerous years ago.
“I could tell, throughout the years, that he’d been having mental issues,” said Jasma Woody. “I’ve watched this for the past 19 years of my life.”
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