Man gets 16 months in prison for assault of woman

WARREN — Terry E. Clay Jr., 42, who has addresses in McDonald and Niles, was sentenced to 16 months in prison Monday for punching a woman in the face during an argument at her home.

The incident happened May 27 in the 900 block of Warren Avenue in Niles.

Clay pleaded guilty earlier in Trumbull County Common Pleas court to felony domestic violence and aggravated assault. The domestic violence was a felony because of Clay having at least two previous domestic violence convictions, Judge Gary Yost said.

Yost sentenced Clay to the prison term recommended by prosecutors. Clay was indicted on felonious assault, but that was amended to aggravated assault in exchange for his guilty plea.

Niles police said they were called to the home for an assault and found the victim with obvious injuries to her face.

She said that when she woke up that day, she started looking through Clay’s phone. He woke up and took the phone. They argued and she demanded that Clay leave, according to a police report. He pushed her down and packed his backpack, then picked up flowers from a vase and threw them at her and spit on her, so she spit back, then picked up a knife and demanded that he leave, she told police.

Clay hit the woman with a closed fist on the side of the face, causing her to lose consciousness, according to the police report. When she awoke, he was gone, she said.

Police said she had an injury to the side of her face and said her tooth was loose. Her lip also appeared to be swollen, police said.

When Clay spoke to the judge, he said he has several mental health disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder, depression and an anxiety disorder. He said he does not take any medications for his conditions.


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