EATON — A Preble County man charged in a domestic violence incident was sentenced last week to 9o days incarceration.
In the Preble County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Anthony Brown, who pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second degree felony, and kidnapping, a first degree felony, received the 90-day sentence, to be served during a 12-month period. He will also serve court-imposed community control.
Brown’s wife, who is the victim in the case, spoke before the court.
“I forgive him,” she said. “He’s a good person, he’s the father of my son, he is a wonderful father. I believe he’s a good person.”
Brown’s attorney, Brian Muenchenbach, said Brown indicated to him that he understood the severity of his actions and the consequences and said he was sorry. Muenchenbach said Brown had suffered from bouts of severe alcohol dependency and intense depression and when the offense happened, both he and his wife were heavily intoxicated. During the offense, Brown had also inflicted serious injury to himself, cutting his wrists and his forearms.
Preble County Prosecuting Attorney Martin Votel said in an email that Brown “blackened both of his wife’s eyes, assaulted her with a knife, slashed her tattoo to disfigure her, sliced near both nipples, drug her unconscious body around the house leaving distinctive “angel wing” patterned abrasions on her and, at some point, defecated on her.”
“I believe this guy is a military veteran and had no prior convictions,” Votel noted.
Since the offense, Brown has been in counseling with several psychotherapists, psychologists and Dr. Mary Melton with The Ohio Intervention Center. His attorney said all involved have indicated that he has been progressing nicely with both his emotional issues and alcohol dependency. Muenchenbach said the alcohol problem has virtually subsided. Muenchenbach said, in his opinion, he does not think Brown will repeat any offense again.
Brown is employed full-time with Veterans with Disabilities and was recently promoted to head driver. He continues to support his wife and and child and is active in his community and church, Muenchenbach said.
Brown also spoke to the court and said he was sorry and apologized for his actions.
“I regret ever drinking alcohol, but especially to the point where I cannot control my actions,” Brown said. “I am never drinking alcohol again or ever getting drunk again. To my wife: I am so sorry I hurt you and I wish I would have gotten the help I needed. To my son: I’m sorry I wasn’t a good example of being a father and a loving husband. I am sorry for the time I have missed currently and the time that I will miss in the future. I am thankful to have him in my life and he’s an amazing son. I am very thankful to the board and to my wife for allowing me to spend the last month with him. My actions have caused great pain to far too many people and I will spend the rest of my life trying to make up for the pain that I have caused.”
Brown said he has been attending weekly counseling sessions, parenting classes, anger management and has been taking medicine. Brown said he regrets not trying to do all this before the offense and not getting the help he needed for his problems. He said he takes responsibility for his actions and asked for forgiveness from God and everyone he has disappointed. He asked that he still be able to provide for his son.
“I’m sorry that who I am now hates who I’ve been and what I did in the past,” Brown said.
Judge David Abruzzo said Brown must continue with his counseling until those in charge of his counseling say he is no longer in need of it.