A Kennewick man who viciously beat his live-in girlfriend with a hammer because he believed she was about to leave him is going to prison for five years.
Patrick Charles Fairley, 42, earlier took a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to plead guilty to reduced charges, while receiving a sentence above the standard range because the victim's injuries were severe.
Fairley's guilty plea in Benton County Superior Court was to second-degree assault, felony harassment and felony violation of a protection order, all with domestic violence allegations.
Police responded to Fairley's North Edison Street apartment Aug. 22 after the victim was allowed to run away and go to a neighbor's apartment for help.
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Fairley -- who lives with his wife and girlfriend -- reportedly started the fight when the victim came home and he questioned her about leaving him. He then grabbed a hammer and hit her several times on the head and body while saying he was going to kill her, court documents said.
The victim told Kennewick officers she put up her hand to protect herself, but Fairley "kept hitting and hitting and hitting and hitting" her with the hammer, documents said. She said she begged him to stop, but he just continued.
At the time, Sgt. Ken Lattin said the fact the victim was able to block a few hammer swings is what likely saved her life.
After the attack, Fairley calmed down enough that his girlfriend convinced him to let her leave and get medical help. She said she would lie to paramedics and hospital staff, telling them she fell or was in a car crash, court documents said.
Fairley then allowed her to run to a neighbor.
Officers found the victim covered in blood and severely hurt. She was treated at the scene, then taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Her lengthy list of injuries included several broken bones on her face, left arm and hand, deep cuts and "penetrating trauma" that resulted in significant blood loss, documents said.
Fairley left his home before police arrived, but officers learned he still was in the apartment complex and found him behind some garage units.
He had a pending fourth-degree assault with domestic violence case in Benton County District Court, and had been ordered to have no contact with his girlfriend.
Fairley's history includes a first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Court documents say the assault is for hitting another former girlfriend in the face, breaking her tooth.
As a part of his sentence, Fairley must pay $400 to the victim. The amount he owes to the Crime Victims Compensation Program in Olympia has yet to be determined.
The woman, in a letter to Fairley, said she cringes with fear every time she hears his name and starts to think about how she could get her revenge on him. They're not pretty thoughts and involve slow and painful torture, she said, adding that she won't go there because she "got right with God" and will leave the judgment to him.
The victim also said she gave up custody of her daughter to save her from Fairley.
"I mean, did beating me and trying to kill me really make you (feel) like a big man?" she asked. ""If you can remember every beating I never (cried), I just kept asking are you done yet."
The woman said Fairley now makes her sick, but added that she forgives him.
"I pray that you get right with God, cause right now I'm on the stairway to heaven and you are on the highway to hell," she wrote. "May God have mercy on your soul."
Kennewick man admits to assault of teen girl
A 21-year-old man accused of having sex with a young teen when she ran away from home to be with him admitted to a reduced charge after the girl recanted her story.
Jordan Joel Garcia of Kennewick pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.
A judge sentenced him to 120 days in jail with 244 days suspended. He had credit already for the four months behind bars.
Court documents said the girl's parents called Richland police in January to report that their daughter had stolen their vehicle and left home. Officers tried to find the stolen vehicle and the girl for several days without success, then got word from Garcia's family and friends that the two were together, documents said.
The vehicle eventually was found at the bus station, but Garcia and the girl still were missing.
When she later returned to her parents' home, police immediately contacted her to find out where she'd been. The girl reported having sexual contact with Garcia in Richland and at a hotel in Pasco, documents said.
Garcia originally was charged with third-degree rape of a child. He had no criminal history before this case, and the victim and her family agreed to the reduction so the girl would not have to testify at a trial and Garcia wouldn't be required to register as a sex offender.
Deputy Prosecutor Julie Long explained in a court document why she amended the charge. She said the victim recanted her original statement to police and, during an interview, said she had lied because she didn't have sex with Garcia.
"No other evidence exists that sexual contact occurred other than the victim's statement to law enforcement," Long wrote.
The girl also claimed Garcia told her she was too young to have a relationship with him and gave her a promise ring, asking her to wait for him until she got older, the document said.
When the girl's parents got a no-contact order against Garcia, his relatives allegedly told her he was moving on with his life. That's when the girl reportedly stole the car and went to Garcia's home, court document said.
Garcia also faces charges in Franklin County in connection with the incident, Long said in the document. So reducing the charge and giving Garcia credit for the time he's spent in jail holds him accountable for his actions, while also taking into consideration the fact the girl changed her mind and her parents' wish that she not face a jury, the document said.