Four years prison for Charlestown man for assaulting girlfriend

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Charlestown man has been sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting and seriously injuring his girlfriend in December.

Andrew M. Redfearn, 36, formerly of 6438 Bronco Road, pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 14, to felonious assault, a second-degree felony, in Portage County Common Pleas Court.

Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Judge Laurie Pittman immediately imposed a four-year prison sentence on Redfearn. Pittman credited Redfearn with 60 days spent in the Portage County jail awaiting trial and fined him $300, according to her sentencing order.

Vigluicci said the incidents that led to Redfearn's charges took place starting on Dec. 14 at Redfearn's residence.

The 32-year-old female victim, who lived with Redfearn, got into an argument with him and tried to leave, Vigluicci said.

Redfearn "grabbed her by the throat and pulled her back into the house," he said, telling her "'If you leave I will (expletive) kill you.'"

The victim suffered bruises on her arms and head, had cuts on her head and choke marks on her throat, Vigluicci said.

On Dec. 17, a similar incident led to the victim being taken to a hospital with a fractured nose and broken blood vessels in her eye as a result of an assault by Redfearn, he said.

Redfearn has been in the Portage County jail on $100,000 cash bond since his arrest, which preceded an indictment by a Portage County grand jury on one count each of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, felonious assault and a supplemental indictment on Feb. 8 charging him with domestic violence, a third-degree felony.

The other charges were dismissed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office at the time of Redfearn's guilty plea, according to court records.

Redfearn had prior domestic violence convictions in 1997 and 1999, according to Vigluicci. He also was convicted of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, in January 2004 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Pittman granted Redfearn judicial release in August 2007 and he successfully completed two years of probation, according to court records.

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