A man facing trial for his fifth domestic violence case opted to plead guilty instead of facing a jury Tuesday.
Clarence Dunbar, 49, pleaded in Columbia County Superior Court to reduced charges of felony family violence battery, and the misdemeanor offenses of simple battery and obstruction of an officer.
Judge J. Wade Padgett accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Dunbar to four years in prison followed by three years on probation.
On Nov. 11, Dunbar and his estranged wife got into an argument, and Dunbar started punching and kicking the victim. Assistant District Attorney Mark Shaefer said that two witnesses tried to stop Dunbar and, failing that, called 911. Two deputies arrived in time to see the victim on the floor trying to cover her face as Dunbar threw a space heater that hit her in the head, Shaefer said.
Dunbar’s criminal history dates back to a 1991 armed robbery. But most of his crimes involved wife beating. According to court records in Richmond and Columbia counties, Dunbar entered pleas to domestic violence incidents in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and the latest in 2016.
Dunbar was sentenced to six years in prison in June 2013 for felony family violence battery. He was paroled in May 2015, and three months later sentenced to 24 months in the Richmond County jail for misdemeanor family violence and obstruction. He was out by November 2016, however, when the latest offense occurred.
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