Domestic assault in Charleston lands man in prison

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NEWPORT — A 58-year-old man will serve time behind bars for an assault that took place in Charleston back in 2014.

Walter Thompson, of Waterbury, was sentenced on Friday on two counts of 1st degree aggravated domestic assault and one count of domestic assault.

Thompson was convicted following a plea agreement and a contested sentencing.

During his hearing, Thompson acknowledged strangling his wife and damaging her teeth during the assault. Thompson attempted to strike his step-daughter when she tried to intervene.

According to court records, his step-daughter told police that on the night of the incident when she opened the door to see what was going on, she saw her mother gasping for air and that Thompson had one hand on her throat and the other holding her ponytail.

The victim told police that she tried to scream for help, but had no air left inside her. Thompson began squeezing her face with his other hand.

Almost blacking out, the victim bit down on his thumb.

Thompson pulled his hand away from the victim’s face, pulling her front tooth out in the process.

Thompson has previous convictions for domestic assault and sexual assault.

He was sentenced to serve 4 to 7 years for his crimes.

Since taking office in 2015, State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett says that by holding batterers accountable and working to protect victims, her goal is to improve the criminal justice response to domestic abusers in Orleans County.

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