Woman sues ex-beau after testifying for him

October 16, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

An Edgewood woman, whose testimony in May contributed to a more lenient sentence against her 42-year-old former boyfriend, has filed a $200,000 lawsuit against him, alleging assault and battery in the incident.

Joy L. Ayres contended in the civil lawsuit filed in Harford Circuit Court that Alan Boyd Robinson, of the 1600 block of Ashby Square in Edgewood, put a pistol in her mouth, cocked it and threatened to kill her on Nov. 6, 1993.

She also alleged that Robinson repeatedly punched her in the head and shoulders, grabbed her throat, choked her and struck her head against a wall.

Ms. Ayres asked for $50,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages for each of the two counts.

"I'm surprised to hear she is suing him after she testified for him at the sentencing," said Assistant State's Attorney Diana A. Brooks. "Originally, she wanted to drop all the charges."

A Harford grand jury indicted Robinson Feb. 1 on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery, assault and weapons charges connected to the incident in the Ashby Square residence, which they had shared.

Robinson was convicted of battery at a criminal trial in May, and Judge William O. Carr sentenced him to 10 years in state prison.

The judge suspended 8 1/2 years, made him eligible for home detention and placed him on three years of supervised probation after he is released from the Harford County Detention Center.

Robinson entered the home monitor program last month, according to Ms. Brooks, who said the victim's testimony on behalf of the defendant "probably persuaded the judge to be more lenient."

Ms. Brooks said she had recommended a minimum three-year prison sentence.

"It was a very severe assault and battery case; she looked like a dead person," Ms. Brooks said.

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