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Posted on: August 3, 2015

Baldwin Man Pleads Guilty to Strangling Girlfriend

Scott Ford

Scott Ford, 46, of Baldwin, assaulted and choked victim in May 2014 incident MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Baldwin man pled guilty to charges related to a May 2014 incident, in which he strangled and assaulted the mother of his children in their home. Scott Ford, 46, was indicted in June 2014 for the following charges: • Strangulation in the 2nd Degree (a D violent felony) • Assault in the 2nd Degree (a D violent felony) • Aggravated Criminal Contempt (a D felony) • Aggravated Family Offense (an E felony) • Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree (an E felony) • Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation (an A misdemeanor) • Assault in the 3rd Degree (an A misdemeanor) Ford pleaded guilty today to all counts on the indictment in front of Acting Supreme Court Justice Christopher Quinn. The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is recommending that Ford be sentenced to five years in prison. The defendant remains in custody and is due back in court for sentencing on September 17. “Defendant Scott Ford was in violation of an order of protection when he brutally and senselessly attacked his girlfriend,” said Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, former Chief of the Special Victims Bureau. “Domestic violence is a scourge on our communities and we will do everything in our power to put abusers, like Scott Ford, in prison.” Acting DA Singas said that Ford, who was drinking alcohol before the incident, strangled the victim and banged her head against a sink, causing injuries to her neck and a laceration to the back of her head. The victim lost consciousness during the attack. The victim had a May 2011 order of protection against the defendant. The defendant was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department on May 26, 2014. Human Trafficking Unit Chief Amanda Burke and Assistant District Attorney Chantee Dempsey, both of Acting DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau, are prosecuting the case. Ford is represented by William Shanahan, Esq.

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