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Domestic abuser’s sentence too lenient, claims victim

Many people who are victims of domestic violence in Los Angeles are reluctant to come forward or to involve the police and press charges against their abuser. One reason crimes such as this often go unreported is that these cases can be difficult to prosecute. Those who have suffered violence or abuse at the hands of a loved one are then left with a feeling that justice has not been served.

One California woman is feeling exactly that after her husband received an extremely light sentence for allegations of domestic abuse. She claimed to have suffered ongoing abuse throughout their 10-year marriage. The district attorney prosecuting the case defended the outcome by citing a lack of certainty of securing a conviction as one of the reasons the husband was offered a plea deal.

The man, a well-known executive in Silicon Valley, was charged with two felony counts of domestic abuse. However, he received a sentence of only 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to two lesser, non-violent charges. Originally from India, conviction of these lesser crimes may mean that there is less of a risk of him being deported. After taking good behavior and time served into account, the man will spend only 13 days behind bars. He will also be required to complete five months of community service.

Although the couple is estranged, it is unknown if or when they plan to divorce or who will retain custody of their three-year-old daughter. People who are worried about the safety of themselves or their children due to violence from a partner may wish to consult with an experienced attorney.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, “Former Silicon Valley Exec Sentenced in Domestic Abuse Case,” June 15, 2017

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