BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County man was sentenced to three years in prison for a brutal attack on a woman in 2013.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced that Anthony Moody was found guilty on Tuesday of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Circuit Court Judge Roger Young sentenced Moody to ten years suspended and three years in prison followed by five years of probation.
Wilson said Young had numerous prior domestic violence convictions.
"With victims working with us and standing beside us, we can win convictions against batterers like this guy," said Wilson.
Assistant Solicitor Charles M. Condon, Jr., who prosecuted the case, said the victim had recently split with Moody because of repeated but unreported violent attacks against her.
On Sept. 25, 2013, the victim saw Moody at a local Moncks Corner bar where Moody persuaded the victim to return to his home.
When they got to his house, prosecutors say Moody looked through her phone and became enraged when he saw that she had been texting another man. According to court records, in a fit of rage, Moody pushed the victim into the bathtub where she was trapped and brutally assaulted.
The first punch immediately caused her left eye to swell shut, and Moody continued to hit her. In all, prosecutors say Moody punched her approximately 10 to 15 more times about the head and face.
The victim testified that she thought she was going to die as Moody stated, "if I can't have you then no one can."
Prosecutors say fortunately, the victim was eventually able to knock Moody's glasses off and escape. Unable to call 911, the victim drove to a friend's house where authorities were contacted.
The friend described the victim as looking like the "elephant man" with swelling that was so bad that her face looked like a basketball.
The victim was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a blowout fracture to her left orbital rim, severe swelling to her face, bruising all over her body and several broken teeth. Prosecutors say the victim's eye was swollen shut for about two weeks, and she still has ongoing problems with it.
A report states that after the attack, the victim reunited with Moody a few times and even discussed dropping charges with defense counsel.
Condon stated ",Unfortunately, this behavior is common because at one point there were strong feelings between the two. It took courage for the victim to finally stand up to him."
Condon stated ",I hope this case will help give other victims the courage to get out of violent relationships and let us and law enforcement help them."