Man pleads guilty to attacking girlfriend
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” A man who fractured his girlfriend’s skull faces three years in prison, authorities said.
Jeffrey Stephen Winters, 39, of Eagle-Vail, broke an orbital bone in his girlfriend’s face and tried to strangle her July 21, authorities said.
Winters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault Wednesday and was convicted of a felony, for which he was on probation from a 2004 domestic violence case, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
Winters faces one to three years in prison for the felony and six months to two years in jail for the misdemeanor, Hurlbert said.
“It is a good plea bargain,” Hurlbert said.
Winters and his girlfriend, whose named is being withheld, were at Montauk Seafood Grill around 9 p.m. July 21.
Winters yelled racial slurs at a black employee and Winters told the employee he would have him hanged, the affidavit says. The couple left.
The girlfriend later 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.
Jim Fahrenholtz, Winters’ attorney, declined to say whether Winters’ plea indicated he had broke his girlfriend’s skull.
“It was an admission by him that an assault took place,” Fahrenholtz said.
Had a jury convicted him of felony second-degree assault, Winters would have faced five to 16 years in prison, Fahrenholtz said.
Police had accused Winters 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 will be sentenced Dec. 19, Hurlbert said.
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