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Newton man pleads guilty to attacking, disfiguring woman

Posted by Your Town  March 22, 2011 05:33 PM

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A 37-year-old Newton man pleaded guilty today to charges that he attacked and disfigured a Newton woman on several occasions, the Middlesex district attorney's office said.

Conrad Yazzie pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn and was sentenced to 7 to 10 years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahy, according to a statement from the DA's office.

After Yazzie and the victim began dating in the beginning of 2010, he assaulted her on a regular basis and would not allow her to seek medical treatment for her injuries, prosecutors said.

In March 2010, the victim fell from the back of Yazzie's motorcycle and he refused to take her to the hospital. When she finally went several days later without his knowledge, she was treated for severe bruising, prosecutors said. Nor would Yazzie let her seek medical treatment after he elbowed her in the head that May, according to prosecutors. Only after she promised to lie about her injuries, did he let her get treated.

Prosecutors described similar patterns of abuse, including one assault that required reconstructive surgery after Yazzie pushed the victim down a flight of stairs and kneed her in the face.

The abuse culminated on September 21, 2010, when Yazzie began to hit her on the face. She picked up a telephone to call 911, but Yazzie took it and threw it down the stairs. The victim took a second phone, called 911, and hid the phone under a pillow while he continued to attack her, prosecutors said.

Newton police were dispatched to the scene, and he was arrested. The victim had to again undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to her face.

Yazzie pleaded guilty to charges of mayhem, assault with the intent to maim, stalking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury (2 counts), assault and battery (4 counts), and intimidation of a witness.

“In this troubling case, this defendant pleaded guilty to violently attacking this victim, leaving her with serious injuries which required reconstructive surgery,” District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. said. “We commend the victim for coming forward to reveal this defendant’s troubling abuse of her. We must all continue to work in every way that we can to prevent domestic abuse while also serving and protecting victims. If someone finds themselves in an abusive and controlling relationship, we hope that they will reach out for help and disclose the abuse, beginning the process of extricating themselves from that violent situation."

Leone said if someone needs help escaping a violent relationship, they should contact his office or call SafeLink, an anonymous hotline, at 1-877-785-2020.

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