Man broke girlfriend’s skull, cops say |

Man broke girlfriend’s skull, cops say

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeJeffrey Stephen Winters

VAIL ” A man accused of fracturing his girlfriend’s skull posted a $50,000 bond and was released from Eagle County jail, authorities said.

Jeffrey Stephen Winters, 38, of Eagle-Vail, broke an orbital bone his girlfriend’s face an and strangled her, authorities said.

Winters is accused of second-degree assault and menacing use of a deadly weapon, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and domestic violence, both misdemeanors, according to jail records.

Winters and his girlfriend, whose named is being withheld, were at Montauk Seafood Grill around 9 p.m. July 21 where Winters drank four beers and left an hour later, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ten minutes later, Winters and his girlfriend returned. She was not injured but was crying because Winters was “‘drunk and belligerent,'” the affidavit says.

Winters yelled racial slurs at a black employee and Winters told the employee he would have him hanged, the affidavit says. The couple left again.

More than 15 minutes later, the girlfriend came back to the restaurant without Winters. Her face bleeding and with a bruised eye, the girlfriend told an employee that Winters had strangled her, the affidavit says.

The woman, with a large gash under her eye and red marks on her neck, would not tell police what happened, the affidavit says.

In 2004, Winters pleaded guilty to felony menacing and misdemeanors false reporting to authorities, bail violation and restraining order violation and in 2001, Winters pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, authorities said.

Winters used to work at the restaurant, but was fired for coming to work drunk, the affidavit says.

Winters declined comment.

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