An Elizabethtown man will be formally sentenced next month after a Hardin County jury found him guilty Friday night of strangling and assaulting his girlfriend as she clung to her young son.
Bradley Williams, 32, was arrested and charged Jan. 12 with multiple felony charges following a domestic incident.
A jury recommended a 15-year sentence for Williams, who must serve at least 10 years before he can go before a parole board. Formal sentencing is set for Nov. 24.
He was convicted of first-degree strangulation, second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Williams also is a persistent felony offender, which doubled the length of all felony recommended sentences. The jury recommended 7½-year sentences on the strangulation and second-degree assault convictions but because he has previous felony convictions, that recommended sentence became 15 years. He received 10 years on both unlawful imprisonment charges as well.
All sentences are to run at the same time.
Williams was found inside an apartment Jan. 12 in the 700 block of Hawkins Drive and arrested. When Elizabethtown police found him, he was sitting on a couch with an alcoholic beverage in his hand, according to an arrest citation.
Police were called by a neighbor and told a woman was being dragged and beaten outside of her apartment complex. When police arrived, they didn’t see a woman outside, but heard a woman screaming and crying inside of an apartment, the arrest report said. When police knocked on the apartment door, they saw Williams head toward the back of the apartment where he was observed by other officers trying to “escape” out the rear window.
When Williams wouldn’t open the apartment door, officers entered through a back window. When Williams failed to get on the floor, officers physically had to get him to the floor and arrest him, the citation said.
The woman’s eyes were “very swollen” and her neck was red and her hands swollen and bruising, according to the citation. She also suffered a serious eye injury. The boy had scrapes on his knees from the altercation, according to an Elizabethtown Police Department news release.
The woman told police she was trying to get away from Williams after he tried to choke her in the apartment. Once outside, he reportedly dragged her and her son back into the home as he punched and kicked her, according to the arrest citation. Once back in the apartment, he locked the door so the woman and her son couldn’t leave.
Williams “smelled heavily of alcohol and alcohol bottles were in the home,” the citation said. A preliminary breath test on Williams returned a 0.155 level — nearly twice the legal limit, according to his citation.