A man who attacked his now former live-in girlfriend with a hammer during a domestic dispute was on Monday sentenced to probation for 18 months.
Patrick Wallace Jr., 40, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and causing grievous harm at his arraignment before Magistrate Raquel Whymms.
The court heard that Wallace beat the woman about the body, including her head, causing serious injuries.
If Wallace is convicted of any offense during the probationary period he will be jailed for six months.
Wallace was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 in order to avoid spending two months in custody.
He also has to pay his victim $4,000 in restitution to avoid spending six months in custody.
Additionally, he has to undergo anger management and substance abuse counseling for a period of six months.
Failing to complete the anger management courses will result in a default sentence of three months while failing to complete substance counseling will result in two months in prison.
Wallace did not have a lawyer. Sergeant 2257 Mark Wilkinson was the prosecutor.
Meanwhile, the victim has been granted a protection order by the Family Court.