BILLINGS - A man who attacked a woman — before violating orders of protection and marrying her — was sentenced Tuesday for his role in choking her.
Donald Jarvis Brumfield, 36, was sentenced to eight years with the Department of Corrections with an additional three years suspended for multiple felony charges — criminal possession of dangerous drugs, violation of a protection order and tampering with witnesses and informants — in Yellowstone County District Court.
These felonies are in addition to a misdemeanor charge of partner or family member assault. The assault charge was reduced from an earlier aggravated assault charge as part of a plea deal.
Brumfield was arrested in September 2014 for choking a woman, digging his fingernails into her neck, only a few hours after she had bailed him out of jail. The man only stopped after the woman’s mother came into the room.
In court, Judge Michael Moses noted Brumfield’s presentencing investigation report showed he had below average intelligence, but had yet to confront his problems with addiction and was minimizing his drug habit. Moses said this concerned him, and as part of his sentencing, Moses would recommend Brumfield for the Nexus program, a drug and alcohol treatment facility.
Brumfield asked Moses for a shorter sentence so he could spend more time with his daughters. He said he was trying to get on a better path.