VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach jury found a man guilty of assaulting his then-girlfriend in March, causing significant injuries.
Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Andrew M. VanVleet, 25, of Virginia Beach was found guilty Wednesday by a jury of unlawful wounding, abduction and assault and battery of a family member – 3rd offense. The jury then recommended a sentence of 15 years in prison.
Between March 24 and March 26, VanVleet physically assaulted his girlfriend at the home where they rented two rooms. Pridgen said VanVleet punched the victim in the face, shook her, choked her and pulled her hair.
The victim suffered a fracture to her orbital wall, memory loss and bruising to her face, jaw, arms and torso in the assault and was taken to the hospital twice, once by family members and the other by emergency crews.
VanVleet has two prior convictions for assault and battery of a family member and also has convictions for receiving stolen property, grand larceny, credit card fraud, credit card forgery, conspiracy and petit larceny.
“My office takes crimes of domestic violence very seriously,” Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant said. “Given the jury’s recommendation that VanVleet serve 15 years in prison, it is clear that the citizens of Virginia Beach do not take domestic violence lightly either.”
VanVleet will be formally sentenced on Jan. 15.
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