An Essex man was sentenced to 25 years as a result of the severe beating and strangulation of his then girlfriend.
Kevin Kelly was found guilty of statutory strangulation and malicious wounding in May.
Assuming Kelly is able to maintain the status of peace and good behavior upon release 14 years of his sentence would be suspended.
The sentencing guidelines according to his Alford Plea stated that the minimum amount of time Kelly would serve is four years, two months, the mid range would be seven years, two months and the highest allowable would be nine years, five months.
Stacey Davenport, assistant commonwealth attorney of Essex County, requested more than that citing a previous malicious wounding charge which cost Kelly five years of freedom.
“You stand here convicted of assaulting a woman, again!” Davenport said.
Davenport respectfully requested that Judge Harry Talliaferro III deviate from the sentencing guidelines.
“I count six types of assaultive incidents on his record,” Davenport said. “He is repeatedly violent towards others, particularly women.”
Davenport motioned towards the victim and her family stating that he continues to negatively impact the lives of others and their families.
“She is lucky to be alive,” Davenport said. “The Commonwealth fears that the next woman Mr. Kelly gets his hands on won’t be so lucky.”
At the time of the assault Kelly had only known the victim for six-months.
The victim took the stand and said that since the incident she has had issues dealing with the trauma Kelly caused her.
“I have been to counseling,” The victim said. “I’ve been to the Haven a few times. I’ve just had a really hard time getting past my time with him. I think about it all the time. I have trouble trusting people.”
Since the incident, the victim has moved out of her apartment and in with her parents. She said that her apartment reminded her of the incident and she couldn’t take it anymore.
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