On January 16, 2014, 34-year-old Brandon Scott Westerfield appeared in Posey County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Pregnant Woman, a Class C Felony, and to Domestic Battery, a Class D Felony, for an incident that began during the early morning hours of November 27, 2013 at his home located at 11660 Denzer Road. Westerfield was arrested and charged on that date with physically attacking and injuring his live-in girlfriend. Westerfield will be sentenced on February 25, 2014 to serve three years in prison at the Indiana Department of Corrections. After his release from prison, he will serve an additional year on Posey County Community Corrections and on house arrest.
At the time of his arrest in November of 2013, Westerfield was serving a sentence on house arrest for a prior domestic battery assault upon his ex-wife which occurred on December 18, 2012. In this earlier case, Westerfield was charged with Domestic Battery and two counts of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a Person with a Passenger Less Than 18 years of Age, all Class D Felonies, as a result of his assault upon his ex-wife and for fleeing the crime scene with two young children before he crashed his car into a ditch. On August 27, 2013, he was sentenced to serve two years on Posey County Community Corrections and was serving that sentence at the time he assaulted his girlfriend three months later.
On November 27, 2013, Westerfield was living with his girlfriend when he became enraged over a conversation they were having about her pregnancy. The girlfriend fled to a neighbor’s home clothed only in her pajamas and the police were called. She reported to the Sheriff’s Department that Westerfield punched her in the eye, beat her about the head and body and bit her on the wrist. Westerfield was arrested and had been held in the Posey County Jail since the date of his arrest.
Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Parkhurst stated, “Too often, women who have been physically abused by a husband or significant other blame themselves for the abuse. Some are frequently manipulated by their abuser into believing it was their fault and that if they were only a better wife or lover than the abuse would magically stop. We have victims who call the office shortly after an arrest has been made asking that we ‘drop charges’ and allow the abuser to return home. Some have even been manipulated or threatened into lying or changing their story about how they or their children were hurt. We at the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office believe it’s important to hold the abuser responsible for his crimes even when a victim has had a change of heart or asks to be reunited with her abuser. In this case, we worked hard to ensure that Westerfield’s victim stood strong and told the truth about how she had been abused in order that he might be removed from this Community. He is now going to be in prison for the next 18 months or so and that is a good thing.”
Westerfield has prior criminal convictions for burglary and escape in Vanderburgh County. He will be sentenced in Posey County Superior Court on February 25, 2014.
In an unrelated case, On January 15, 2014, Corey Ricketts appeared before the Honorable James Redwine for sentencing. Ricketts pleaded guilty to one count of Dealing in a Look-a-like Substance, a class C felony, one count of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a class B felony and one count of Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a class D felony. He was sentenced to prison for a total of twelve (12) years.
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