The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 12, 2014

Deferred judgment granted to woman in assault charge

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A 26-year-old Clinton woman received a deferred judgment for assaulting her boyfriend with pepper spray and a metal pole.

Eugena R. Brand pleaded guilty to willful injury, causing bodily injury on Jan. 9 and was sentenced Thursday. District Court Judge Mark Lawson granted her attorney’s request for a deferred judgment based on her lack of criminal history and the remorse she has shown.

A class D felony, the charge could carry as much as five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7,500. Instead, Brand is required to complete two years probation and pay no more than $650 in court-appointed attorney fees. A $750 civil penalty was suspended.

Brand is charged in relation to an Oct. 4 incident. According to court documents, Clinton police officers responded to 408 Seventh Ave. South, apartment C5, and encountered a female yelling and cursing loudly at another individual. Witnesses told officers that the woman, later identified as Brand, pepper sprayed a man and beat him with a metal bar or pole, according to the affidavit.

The male told police that his girlfriend pepper sprayed him for no reason, while he was in her car on the way home from the laundry-mat, according to court documents. When they arrived at Brand’s apartment, she exited the car and began hitting the victim on the left rib cage area, neck, face and arms with a metal bar, according to the affidavit.

Court documents continue that he had visible contusions and abrasions, red swollen hand prints on his chest and back and had clearly been pepper sprayed in the face and eyes.

A no-contact order is in place for one year.