In a two-day trial in Camden County, the Prosecuting Attorney (PA) outlined for the jury the details of Clarence Porter’s assault on his wife.
In a two-day trial in Camden County, the Prosecuting Attorney (PA) outlined for the jury the details of Clarence Porter’s assault on his wife. The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning a verdict of guilty. The defense argued that the defendant didn’t mean to beat his wife, and furthermore, she was not hurt as badly as she claimed. According to hospital records the severity of the blows to her head resulted in several areas of bleeding in the brain.
According to the probable cause document, Porter’s wife had copious amounts of blood on her face, lacerations and swelling. The charge of Domestic Assault against Porter included the element of serious injury to the victim, increasing the penalty up to possible life in prison.
The court set a sentencing date of January 9, and a sentencing assessment (SAR) report has been ordered. The SAR will give the court guidance in what sentence would be most appropriate for this defendant given the totality of his circumstances.
The PA’s office will ask for the maximum penalty for this defendant given the egregious circumstances of the assault.