The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

November 26, 2012

Judge orders man to serve seven years in state prison

JOPLIN, Mo. —

A Joplin man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for an assault on his girlfriend two years ago.

Circuit Judge David Dally assessed Curtis J. Downton, 54, the prison term at a hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court. A jury found Downton guilty of second-degree domestic assault of Catherine Welch, 39, in a trial Oct. 2.

Downton and Welch had been in a relationship for about a year when the assault took place March 3, 2010, inside an apartment they shared at 1707 Campbell Parkway in Joplin. He was accused of hitting her several times with his fist, slamming her head against a wall, choking her with a cane, and kicking her and stomping on her in the course of an assault that lasted almost three hours. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, arms, hands and chest.

1
Text Only
Crime & Courts
Local News
Sports
Facebook
Poll

Missouri's sales tax-free weekend begins Friday. Do you plan purchases around this weekend?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
NDN Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN