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Judge gives 3 years prison for assault

A Superior man was sentenced Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court to three years in prison for a domestic assault that left his then-girlfriend with a broken jaw.

Anthony J. Machones

A Superior man was sentenced Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court to three years in prison for a domestic assault that left his then-girlfriend with a broken jaw.

Anthony J. Machones, 23, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of substantial battery-domestic abuse and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a phone in March. Thursday, Judge George Glonek sentenced the Superior man to three years - 18 months initial confinement followed by 18 months extended supervision - for the felony charge. Machones was sentenced to 90 days jail concurrent on the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from threats the Superior man made to his then-girfriend's father.

"Both offenses appear to be part of an overall pattern or scheme of abuse and victimization," Glonek told the court.

Conditions of Machones' supervision include no contact with the victim or her family, absolute sobriety and no possession of a firearm or weapon.

He must also undergo an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow recommendations, cooperate with any recommended treatment and take all prescribed medications. In addition, Glonek ordered Machones not to have a pet during supervision without prior approval by the Department of Corrections and ordered the Superior man to pay a fine of $750 and restitution, the amount not yet determined.

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In some cases, Glonek said, he orders offenders to write an apology letter to their victim. He did not in this case, noting Machones' "minimal" remorse and lack of insight into the effect of his crime.

In such cases, the judge said, an apology letter could re-victimize.

Prior to handing down the sentence, Glonek said Machones displayed a pattern of interpersonal violence and assault that has gone on virtually his entire life, including incidents that stretch as far back as kindergarten and include the torture of a dog.

The judge noted that Machones does not have a prior criminal record.

"What he does have is a history of violent, assaultive, antisocial behavior and the need to protect the public from that behavior outweighed the lack of record?" Glonek asked

Machones will be back in Glonek's court next month facing new charges - misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with a child and possession of marijuana and felony bail jumping. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred while the Superior man was released from jail on $10,000 cash bail awaiting sentencing on the battery case.

Machones waived his preliminary hearing for that case Wednesday. It is set for arraignment June 21 in front of Judge Glonek. A citation for cruelty to animals has also been filed against Machones.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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