Wednesday, October 29, 2008

People v. Newby (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 29, 2008)

A woman named Julie tells her fiancee that she's breaking off the engagement and leaving him. The fiancee (William Newby) responds by "grab[bing] Julie by the throat and punch her in the face several times with his fist. Eventually falling to the floor, drifting in and out of consciousness, Julie watched as defendant continued the attack by kicking her in the face with his steel-toe boots. Throughout the attack, defendant repeated: “[Y]ou are fucking dead, you are fucking dead, you bitch, you are fucking dead.” When defendant was finished, he took Julie’s engagement ring and departed. Defendant beat Julie so severely that her nose was pushed into her nasal cavity. Several facial bones, including those supporting the nose and those surrounding the eyes, were shattered. Fragments of these bones were strewn throughout her nasal cavity, causing air from her sinuses to get into the fat tissue around the eyes. One of her front teeth was also broken off at the root."

Notwithstanding the horrible attack, Julie clearly made the right call, and correctly saw Newby for what he was. And now Newby gets to spend the rest of his life in prison. And look therein for a new fiancee. Over the internet or otherwise.