He could get five or more years behind bars.
Sentencing is scheduled for Friday for Corey Allen Trant. The 20-year-old was tried and convicted in District Court in October for 2nd-degree assault for punching his girlfriend in the face, and then beating her with an aluminum baseball bat earlier this year.
Trant appealed that conviction to Circuit Court, and was convicted there as well.
State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Trant received a five-year sentence in District Court, and he hopes to get that amount of time or more in Circuit Court.
Trant was arrested in January for 2nd-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unauthorized removal of property and malicious destruction of property. Authorities say a man told them that Trant, his girlfriend and the victim were sleeping in the victim's car. When the victim woke up, Trant was behind the wheel. The victim says Trant and his girlfriend were arguing about money when he stopped the car in a secluded area along Yellow Springs Road. Charging documents say Trant punched her in the face. A short time later, according to the documents, Tran stopped the car, pulled out his girlfriend and beat her with an aluminum baseball bat.
Tran drove the car to his girlfriend's home, and got out. The victim says Trant threatened to kill him if he told what happened to the police.
In the trial in District Court, Smith says the girlfriend refused to cooperate so the prosecution had to rely of testimony from police officers. But his office was still able to convict Trant.
Trant was also scheduled to go on trial next week for beating a friend of his girlfriend at a campsite off of Hamburg Road in February. Her injuries were so severe that she had to be flown to Shock Trauma. Smith says that trial has been postponed because a prosecution witness is not available.