Thursday, January 14, 2010

Former NY1 Anchor Dominic Carter Sentenced to Month in Jail For Assaulting Wife

Former NY1 political anchor Dominic Carter was sentenced this afternoon to 30 days in jail for an attempted assault on his wife and was ordered to stay away from her for up to two years.

As the judge laid down the sentence, he called Dominic "a classic case of a domestic violence abuser" and ordered him to undergo psychiatric treatment for violent tendencies. He also imposed 52 weeks of domestic violence classes and told Dominic's wife, Marilyn, "Mrs. Carter, your life is at stake."

As he was led away in handcuffs, he was crying and shouted out to his 21-year-old daughter, "It's on you, Courtney, to be a big girl."

Marilyn, 52, called police in October 2008 and said her husband hit her. He denied it and she recanted (telling a judge that a day laborer whose name she couldn't remember beat her), but he was convicted of attempted assault.

And even at today's sentencing, Marilyn cried and continued to defend Dominic.

The NY Daily News reports, the judge also read off a list of eight other domestic disputes between the Carters from 1997 to 2008 that police have on record, and prosecutors had shown photographs of Dominic's wife's swollen lips and bruised shins.

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