Springfield, Mo. -- (2/7/2018) Robert Edward Smith, 59, of Springfield, was convicted on Tuesday of assaulting his girlfriend by choking and cutting her. According to reports, the jury deliberated for approximately five hours before returning its verdict.
Smith was found guilty of one count of domestic assault and one count of domestic assault for events that took place on June 6, 2016. On that date, the defendant and the victim were in a relationship and residing together in Springfield. The defendant and the victim were in an argument over a cell phone, which quickly escalated into a physical altercation. The defendant proceeded to shove the victim to the ground and choke her, then slash at her with a knife. The victim had a large open wound on her right arm and discoloration and small marks on her neck.
SPD’s Corporal Estrada told the jury that in his 20 years of law enforcement experience and hundreds of domestic assault investigations, chokings often do not lead to visible injury.
Smith is a prior and persistent felony offender and is subject to a sentence of up to fifteen years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. A sentence hearing has been set for May 11, 2018 following a sentencing assessment report by the Department of Probation and Parole.
The victim was cooperative throughout the prosecution, testifying at both the preliminary
hearing and the trial.