Duluth man gets probation, jail for repeat assaultsA Duluth man will spend three years on probation and 9 months in jail for breaking a woman’s jaw in a Superior parking lot.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A Duluth man will spend three years on probation and 9 months in jail for breaking a woman’s jaw in a Superior parking lot.
Erik Demetrius White, 26, pleaded no contest last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to felony substantial battery-domestic abuse stemming from a June incident. He was sentenced to three years of probation and nine months in jail, and ordered to undergo domestic violence and psychological evaluations.
White must pay $1,000 restitution as well as court costs and a domestic surcharge and have no contact with the victim except through a third party.
Judge George Glonek left an imposed and stayed prison sentence hanging over White’s head, three years of confinement and two years extended supervision. If he does not successfully complete his probation, that sentence would be triggered.
White also pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery-domestic abuse stemming from another incident with the same victim. He was sentenced to an additional 60 days in jail. One count of felony bail jumping was dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint:
The victim had called White that evening, seeking to end their relationship. Superior Police Department reports indicate she also sent White a photo by cell phone that showed, in the background, another man’s name tattooed on her chest. White arrived at the victim’s work and asked to talk with her outside. They fought verbally in a car and when they got out, the victim remembered seeing keys in White’s hand.
“The next thing I remember was being in the ambulance,” she told Superior Police officer Marc Letendre. She indicated that White probably stomped on her face after he punched her and she fell to the ground unconscious. The victim’s jaw was broken in two places and she needed eight staples and stitches to close a laceration on the back of her head.
The incident occurred less than three months after a similar domestic abuse incident. White and the victim were arguing about their relationship in a car March 25 when he flipped out and punched her multiple times in the head, according to the criminal complaint. After White exited the vehicle, the victim tried to drive away. White chased her, jumping over the hood of the car at one point before she was able to leave the area.
Although the victim declined medical attention following the incident, she had a swollen lip and visible red marks on the left side of her face that appeared to be consistent with fingers or knuckles.
As a condition of a $1,000 signature bond for the March incident, White was ordered not to have contact with the victim.