A Salt Lake City man who assaulted his girlfriend and then dragged her back inside their apartment as the bloodied woman tried to crawl away has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Mark Alan Clements, 38, originally faced felony charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault for the October attack. But prosecutors offered a plea deal after interviews with the victim revealed evidentiary concerns, officials have said, and in February Clements pleaded guilty to class A misdemeanor counts of unlawful detention and assault and a class C misdemeanor count of giving false information to police.
According to charges filed in 3rd District Court, Clements kicked the woman in the back, causing her to hit and break a window and lose consciousness. Police found the woman "barely conscious" in a bathtub, with a bandage on her wrist and bruises on her cheek and eye, charges state. A security video showed Clements dragging the woman back inside the apartment as she tried to crawl away, according to court documents.
On Friday, 3rd District Judge Katie Bernards-Goodman sentenced Clements to a year in a jail, 36 months probation and 50 hours of community service.