For Immediate Release 3/23/15
Nathan Utsey was convicted of second-degree assault and sentenced to seven years in prison on March, 20, 2015 for punching his fiancé in the face and smashing her in the face with a drinking glass. Utsey has several arrests for assault in other states. Assistant State’s Attorney Natalie Amato prosecuted the case.
The assault took place in the Wilson Park neighborhood last summer inside the young woman’s home. She arrived home with her 4 year old daughter to find Utsey on her front porch waiting on her. Once inside, the woman and Utsey began to argue. Utsey then began to physically assault the woman— choking and punching her in the head. Utsey struck the woman with a drinking glass that sliced open her ear and caused several lacerations to her face and arm.
Utsey then fled the scene, leaving the woman battered and bloody. The entire incident took place in front of the woman’s 4 year old daughter.
According to Amato, the woman immediately called the police, went to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment and took pictures of her injuries. Her actions on the day of the incident and the days following were central to the case’s success.
“[The woman] was so persistent. She had never experienced [domestic violence] before. A lot of our victims get fatigued by the legal process. It would have been easy for her to say ‘I don’t have time to deal with this.’” Amato said.
Amato considers the woman to be a role model for young women and other survivors of domestic violence.
“She’s tough. She dealt with this case while raising three kids on her own while she was going to school. She was devastated, because this was the man she was supposed to marry. But she stood up for herself and chose to set an example for her children.”
Newly elected State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, made prosecuting family violence and sexual assaults a priority for her administration. She partnered with Sen. Robert Cassilly (R - Harford County) and Del. Curt Anderson (D – Baltimore City) to introduce legislation addressing sexual assault and child molestation—and has publicly supported several domestic violence bills in this year’s general assembly.
“As a wife and mother of two young girls, I’m so proud of this young woman for having the courage to leave a dangerous situation and set an example for her children. No one deserves to be violated in their own home. And I pray that our most vulnerable populations— women, children, and the elderly— see my office as a resource, an ally and as an effective advocate for justice in cases like these.” Mosby said.
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