Man sentenced to 45 years for cutting off nipples of pregnant ex-girlfriend
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP/WKRC) - A judge has sentenced a South Dakota man to 45 years in prison for using scissors to mutilate his ex-girlfriend's breasts.
Forty-five-year-old Tony Ledbetter of Sioux Falls earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to ask for no more than 30 years.
But the Argus Leader reports Judge Doug Hoffman went against the plea agreement Tuesday and gave Ledbetter the maximum 45 years.
Ledbetter was accused of sitting on the pregnant woman last year. Police said he attempted to prevent her from screaming by pushing on her throat with his forearm and by stuffing a blanket in her mouth. Then he sliced off her nipples with a pair of scissors during the argument. He apologized in court.
The victim told the court how her injuries affected her physically and emotionally. She addressed Ledbetter directly, saying, "Do you feel like a man?"