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Domestic Abuse Following Car Crash Led To Probation, No Prison Time

NorthJersey.com reports that a New York man was sentenced to three years of probation for a severe beating he gave his wife following their involvement in a car accident in 2019. However, the Sussex County judge who sentenced him chose to not impose jail time or the $10000 fine sought by prosecutors after doctors testifying for the defense stated his reaction could have been caused by brain injuries he incurred in the 2019 off-road accident. 

The New York couple had been drinking at the Mountain Creek resort in north Jersey in September 2019, and both parties state they have no memory of the events that occurred after that. However, police reports and surveillance video allowed investigators to piece together the events of the night, and the husband pleaded guilty to charges earlier this year. He allegedly hit her in the head with a beer stein while she was driving. At some point after that, the wife, who was driving their Jeep, veered off state Route 94 in Vernon, crossed a parking lot, hit a curb and crashed into a storefront. The husband struck his head against the windshield, allegedly causing a brain injury. 

As they exited the vehicle, the husband approached his wife, punched her in the face, and then kicked her repeatedly after she fell. The wife was charged with DUI as a result of the incident.

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