Boulder, Colorado: Matthew Mann, a Longmont man with a long history of domestic violence was sentenced in Boulder District Court on Tuesday to 30 years in prison for beating and choking his ex-wife and stalking another woman.
A news release from the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office stated that Matthew Mann, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted murder in a case in which he beat and choked his ex-wife. He was immediately sentenced.
According to an arrest affidavit, the victim told police that Mann first became aggressive when she and a friend tried to get him to switch from beer to water during a night spent barhopping.
After fighting with his friend, the three got into a car to leave. The victim said that Mann yelled and cursed at her, and shoved her out of the car at one point. The victim ran off and was picked up by a friend.
When she arrived home, she found Mann had used a spare key to get inside her home, even though he was not invited. According to the affidavit, Mann quickly became physical. He shoved the victim to the ground and assaulted her multiple times, and also strangled her.
The victim was taken to Longmont United Hospital for her injuries. She suffered three fractured ribs and major contusions to her face, as well as scratches and bruising around her neck and scrapes on her hand and ankle and other bruising, the affidavit says.
Later, when police searched her residence, they found what they believe were brass knuckles.
Mann also pleaded guilty to stalking in an unrelated case that police uncovered when they were investigating the first case. Mann was found to have forced his way into another woman’s home and threatened her repeatedly. He received a three-year sentence that will run concurrently with the 30-year sentence.
Mann, who has an extensive criminal record, was remorseful at his sentencing, according to the district attorney’s office.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a statement that domestic violence usually happens behind closed doors but it is in every part of the community. He encouraged victims of domestic abuse to come forward and report such abuse to the police.
“I have great respect for the courage of both victims in this case,” he said. Because of their cooperation, as well as the outstanding work and dedication of the Longmont Police Department and the prosecutors assigned to this case, we were able to secure the just sentence.”