Man sentenced for third domestic assault

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach man will spend more than a decade behind bars for beating his then-girlfriend in March 2013.

Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Andrew M. VanVleet, 25, of Virginia Beach was sentenced to 15 years in prison for unlawful wounding, abduction and assault and battery of a family member – 3rd offense. When VanVleet was convicted in October, the jury recommended the same sentence.

Between March 24 and March 26, VanVleet physically assaulted his girlfriend at the home where they rented two rooms. Pridgen said VanVleet punched the victim in the face, shook her, choked her and pulled her hair.

The victim suffered a fracture to her orbital wall, memory loss and bruising to her face, jaw, arms and torso in the assault and was taken to the hospital twice, once by family members and the other by emergency crews.

VanVleet has two prior convictions for assault and battery of a family member and also has convictions for receiving stolen property, grand larceny, credit card fraud, credit card forgery, conspiracy and petit larceny.

‘This case demonstrates the seriousness with which my office views domestic assault prosecutions,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle said. “The jury’s sentence indicates that citizens of Virginia Beach will not tolerate domestic abuse.”

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