Man sentenced to prison for assaulting wife in front of child

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man who brutally assaulted his wife in the presence of their child has been sentenced to prison, the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced Friday.

Jeremy Murray pleaded guilty to assault charges and was sentenced to serve 4 to 6 years behind bars.

Prosecutors said Murray, 31, left his apartment in on Aug. 2, 2015, after getting into an argument with his wife and returned intoxicated at about 4 a.m.

Another argument ensued, according to prosecutors, and Murray struck his wife in the legs.

The woman picked up the couple’s 2-year-old and tried to leave the building. As she was walking down the stairs, court documents state Murray pulled her back up by her hair and banged her head on the wall on the way back into the apartment.

Once there, prosecutors said Murray hit, kicked, and strangled the victim and banged her head on the windowsill, all while the toddler was in her arms.

Murray pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of strangulation, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment of a child, and assault.

Once his prison sentence is finished, the DA’s office said Murray will serve three years of supervised probation, the terms of which include having no contact with the victim and the completion of a domestic batterers program.