Elkridge man gets 3 years for attacking girlfriend

February 23, 2010

A 43-year-old Elkridge man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for attacking his girlfriend after she had evicted him from the apartment they shared. Donald Joseph Scallio, formerly of the 6000 block of Old Washington Blvd., was sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court to seven years in prison, with all but three years suspended, after he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest. Scallio had also initially been charged with attempted first-degree rape. Senior Assistant State's Attorney Susan Weinstein said the woman had been waiting for Scallio to come to the apartment to pick up his belongings one night last August, but had fallen asleep. After hearing a noise and seeing Scallio trying to pry open a window, the woman attempted to leave her apartment. Scallio forced her back inside, threatened her with a knife, told her to take off her clothes and put his hands on her neck, Weinstein said. During the assault, the woman was able to dial 911, but could not speak. Police responded to the call, and Scallio was arrested after a brief struggle that ended with police subduing him with a stun gun.

- Don Markus

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