Man in assault case sentenced to time-served

TARRELL Darnell Murphy, 33, was found guilty of assault and battery (domestic violence), and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, all suspended, except for the 36 days he had already served for which he was given credit.

He was also charged with disturbing the peace, but this was dismissed as part of his plea agreement with the government.

At Wednesday’s change-of-plea hearing, he appeared before Judge Kenneth L. Govendo represented by Public Defender Nancy Dominski while Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Wilberscheid appeared for the government.

Murphy was fined $300, ordered to pay $25 in court costs and a $120 probation fee. He was also ordered to report and register with the Adult Probation Office and will be placed on supervised probation for a year.

During the probation period, Murphy “shall pay any and all court costs, fines and fees before the probation expires; complete 50 hours of community work; enroll in and complete counseling with the Community Guidance Center or the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic for anger management; surrender any firearms to the Department of Public Safety; stay at least 500 feet away from [the victim] at all times and have no direct or indirect contact with her; and pay her $2,161.84 in restitution.”

Murphy was arrested at 6:54 a.m. of Dec. 27, 2017 by police officers responding to a call from the victim’s cousin.

An investigation showed that prior to the incident, the victim just got off work at 4 a.m. and, while in bed with Murphy, she received three picture messages from a co-worker. The victim told police that Murphy got mad, got on top of her back and wrapped his arm around her neck.

She was having a hard time breathing, and Murphy pulled her head backwards — so far that she felt her neck was going to break. She shouted for help five times and eventually passed out.

When she regained consciousness, she said she got up and pushed Murphy who took her cell phone and car keys, smiled at her before running out of their bedroom.

The victim called her cousin who then called the police.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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