A man who allegedly attacked his girlfriend brutally beat her again after he was released on bond, officials say.
News 9 reports that Gage Ford, 21, of Muskogee, posted bond in early October after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend, Ally Stephens, 19. Stephens reported the first attack to the Norman Police Department on October 1.
Stephens said during the first attack, Gage choked her and kicked her over and over in the stomach while demanding her to “get rid of it.” Stephens is four months pregnant.
Although the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office wanted a $30,000 bond for Gage, Judge Scott Brockman reportedly set the bond at $1,500.
According to police, Gage attacked Stephens again on October 17. The beating was so severe that Stephens ended up in the hospital.
“We have a victim who is beaten unrecognizable, and this didn’t have to happen. We get in front of these judges, we ask them to listen to our victims and listen to us, and our judgment,” District Attorney Greg Mashburn said.
“I have to do something for the victims, and I have to be able to tell them that I tried…I just can’t say oh well the judge just decided not to do that when I see a pattern that puts people at risk.”
Muskogee Now reports that Brockman said he doesn’t believe in holding suspects prior to trial.
“What he has stated in open court is that he doesn’t believe people should be held on bond prior to being convicted,” Mashburn said.
Meanwhile, Stephens said she is healing and the baby is “perfect” and “strong.” She hopes by sharing her story, other victims of domestic violence will get away from their abuser.
“You can’t save them. Don’t ever ignore the signs. There is always help out there that you can go to. You can call anyone, and they will help you, and stay strong.”
Gage was arrested again and charged with domestic abuse of a pregnant woman. His bail this time was set at $250,000.
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[Feature Photo: Ally Stephens and Gage Ford/Facebook; Handout]