An Eldon man will serve 25 years in prison stemming from a violent February 2010 incident in which Eddie Alton Boyd, 52, beat and assaulted his wife.
A Miller County jury found Boyd and repeatedly kicked and hit his wife during the attack at the couple’s Eldon home. Boyd’s wife sustained several broken ribs, serious bruises and other documented contusions.
A family member reported the assault to the Eldon Police Department shortly after the incident, however, Boyd’s wife, at first, refused to cooperate with authorities. Two weeks after the assault, she sought medical attention for her injuries and began to work with police.
Boyd was arrested and charged with first degree domestic assault, a felony. A jury found him guilty of domestic assault in July 2011.
Even during his sentencing hearing, Boyd maintained his innocence. And, because he was innocent, Boyd told Miller County Circuit Judge Ken Hayden that there was no reason for him to show any remorse.
Assistant Prosecutor Roger Gibbons recommended the 25-year prison sentence because of the violent nature of the crime and Boyd’s lengthy criminal history.
“Eddie Boyd has either been in prison or on parole or probation supervision continuously from 1980 until the present day,” Gibbons said. “And, unless locked up, (Boyd’s) history strongly suggests he will commit another offense.”
Current state law requires 85 percent of the 25-year sentence to be served for the domestic assault.
Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard was pleased with the judge’s ruling. Howard said his office would continue “aggressively prosecute such cases.”