Victim lends a hand to attacker

The victim in a domestic battery case played an active role in keeping her attacker from receiving stiffer punishment.

During a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday, 35-year-old Christopher Brophy, who now lists a Wisconsin address, pled guilty to second-degree domestic battery. He was sentenced to six years probation and ordered to complete 90 hours of anger management classes and to participate in a program offered by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Fourteenth Judicial District Prosecutor David Ethredge told the court the sentence was imposed with “the consent and at the direction of the victim.”

On June 10 last year, a Baxter County deputy sheriff responded to a residence along Patricia Lane off State Highway 5 North for a reported physical domestic incident.

The deputy reported the victim had visible injuries to her face and was bleeding from the mouth. He also observed finger marks on the woman’s neck and chest area.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim told the deputy she and Brophy had been arguing for two days. She said she had finally asked him to leave, and he became irate. The victim said Brophy threw her to the ground and began punching and kicking her. The woman sought treatment at Baxter Regional Medical Center and was reported to have a broken scapula, along with cuts and bruises.

When the deputy arrived on the scene, Brophy had fled. He was later located at the home of a relative and arrested.

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