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Paying the price for domestic violence

Brooklyn man gets 18-year prison sentence
Posted at 6:15 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 18:15:24-04

His former girlfriend had taken out a protective order against 50-year old Thurman Leroy Boston, yet three days later, on Valentine's Day, she allowed him to come retrieve his belongings from her home.

"You can be in a situation where you're in fear for your safety or you have been physically battered where most people would think logically 'Why would I ever be around that human being?', and yet because of the psychological of abuse, you're willing to open your door and have them in your house unescorted," said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams.
    
According to charging documents, Boston demanded money the victim had deposited in her account.
    
An argument ensued and after Boston struck her with his fist and attempted to choke her, he grabbed a kitchen knife and held it to her neck.
     
He then forced her to get into her car so he could drive her to a Navy Federal branch on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie to get his cash.
    
The victim stated he had threatened her, claiming if she didn't ride with him there, the night would end for both of them.
    
When Boston got out of the car to go to an automated teller machine, the victim ran to the dollar tree store next door where an employee helped her dial 911.
    
Boston faced a series of serious charges including armed carjacking and first degree assault, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges hopeful of receiving a lesser sentence.
    
Instead, Circuit Court Judge Mark Crooks gave him the maximum possible of 18 years behind bars. 

"We had the physical abuse, but I think what was really important about yesterday's sentencing was the mental component of domestic abuse,” said Adams, “and Judge Crooks recognized the manipulation that happens in the course of these situations."

Prosecutors say that manipulation even continued after Boston's arrest when he wrote letters to the victim asking her to skip his court proceedings so she couldn't testify against him.
    
The judge also took that into consideration before imposing the maximum sentence allowed by law.