A man from Lebanon was sentenced last week to 34 years in prison over a domestic assault incident in 2017.
According to the Taney County Prosecutor’s Office, Patrick E. Malone, 48, was sentenced Dec. 20 in Taney County Court. Judge Eric Eighmy sentenced Malone to 20 years for first-degree domestic assault, 10 years for second-degree domestic assault, and another four years for kidnapping.
Malone was found guilty of those charges Oct. 16 after a two-day trial.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the charges came from an incident in the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 2017, at the Rowland Motel in Branson, where Malone’s girlfriend was visiting him. At just before 8 a.m. that morning, a patrol officer with the Branson Police Department observed a woman with obvious injuries to her face walking on the roadway.
The officer stopped to assist the woman, but she was reluctant to explain how she had received the injuries.
Eventually, the woman described how Malone had beaten her face and head with his fists, had kept her from leaving his motel room, and had sat on her neck while she was pinned on the floor. She received medical care at Cox Emergency Department, in Branson. When contacted by Branson Police officers, Malone gave varying stories about what had occurred.
Malone was charged as a prior and persistent felony offender, due to his history of nine prior felony convictions, according to the prosecutor’s office. At the time of this assault, Malone was on supervised probation in Laclede County for a felony drug case for which he was facing 20 years in prison.
Eighmy ordered Malone’s 34-year sentence to be served consecutively to the Laclede County sentence.