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November 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

30-year sentence for Des Moines man who brutally beat girlfriend

A 50-year-old Des Moines man was sentenced this morning to 30 years in prison for brutally beating his girlfriend in September 2012.

A King County jury in September convicted Roosevelt Reed of first-degree assault/domestic violence for the attack that left the victim with five broken bones in her face and barely conscious, according to court records. The victim spoke in court, still showing the damage from the assault and resulting surgeries.

“I’ve seen hell, but I’ve crawled out of it and I’ve lived,” the victim said. She said her medical bills as a result of the attack could top $250,000.

While she spoke, Reed turned his chair and refused to face the victim in court at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

The attack came just five months after Reed finished serving about 13 1/2 years in prison for crushing another former girlfriend’s skull with a cinderblock, according to records. He was also convicted before that of stabbing another girlfriend in the leg with a knife and smashing the windshield of her car.

Reed faced a standard sentence range of 20 to 26 years, but King County prosecutors asked for the exceptional sentence of 30 years.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, domestic violence, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office


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