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Decatur man sentenced to 4 years for beating girlfriend with hammer

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DECATUR — A Decatur man who police said choked, beat and struck his girlfriend with a hammer in an ordeal that went on for hours has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Reginald Pritchett Jr., 24, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Feb. 6 and pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated domestic battery, a class 2 felony. Twelve other charges, ranging from unlawful restraint to battery, were dropped as part of a plea deal negotiated by Pritchett’s defense attorney, Tiffany Senger.

A sworn police affidavit from the time of the battery, which dates to Nov. 25, said the 26-year-old girlfriend had been attacked in her trailer home in the 3700 block of East William Street. The assault had been triggered after she told Pritchett she had cheated him on him because he had been cheating on her, the documents said. 

Pritchett’s prison sentence is to be followed by a four-year period of mandatory supervised release. He was also fined $200 and ordered to pay the court costs.


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