Roanoke, VA - Roanoke man, Jamar Woody, savagely beat his pregnant girlfriend (video of the attack below,) and then cried as he pleaded with a judge not to send him to prison, according to The Roanoke Times.
Jamar Woody was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday for the brutal attack on his girlfriend, Shatory Irving. The incident occurred on June 8, 2016, in a busy Roanoke convenience store, and it was captured on store surveillance video.
At the time of the assault, Irving was three months pregnant and using crutches for a broken ankle.
Woody is much larger than Irving, and the video clearly shows him punching Irving in the head and face, and continuing to beat her as she fell to the ground. The cashier at the convenience store then stepped in, and told Woody to leave. He was charged with malicious wounding, and convicted in January, 2017.
Irving, age 26, suffered an inch-long cut to her forehead during the attack, which exposed her skull, according to doctors' testimony from the trial.
She delivered her child prematurely last fall, and the child is reported to be healthy. Roanoke Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David Billingsley said, “She really is fortunate that she wasn’t hurt more than she actually was."
During the sentencing hearing, Irving testified for the defense that she later admitted that her testimony was planned to keep Jamar Woody out of prison.
Woody's family claimed that he was mentally ill, and that was the reason for his 'long' criminal history. Judge Chris Clemens ordered mandatory psychiatric treatment for Woody and said, “You’ve got to do something to deal with all that anger that built up with you and Shatory." The judge also sentenced Woody to two-years of post-release supervision.
Jamar Woody, age 35, became emotional in court, and 'even appeared to hyperventilate' when he was sentenced, and begged the judge "not to force him to watch his son grow up through pictures."
At the time of his arrest for the attack on Irving, he was on federal probation for a 2008 drug conviction. That probation will most likely be revoked, and he will serve that time in addition to the time that Judge Clemens gave him for the assault.
Judge Clemens said that she found the sentence reasonable. The eight-year prison term was recommended by a jury, who could not help but 'openly' react when they watched the video in court.
You can see the video of the attack below. WARNING - Graphic Footage: