A McMinnville man who was found not guilty of three assault charges during a jury trial last week couldn’t avoid going to jail when he was sentenced for his one conviction on Wednesday.
Terrence William Crim, 33, was sentenced to serve 175 days in jail by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on his single conviction delivered by the jury, reckless endangerment.
In handing down his sentence, Judge Stanley also overruled Crim’s request for a judicial diversion, which would have removed the charge from his record had he stayed out of trouble. Crim will be credited with 130 days he has already served in jail, meaning he owes the state 45 days.
Crim avoided three assault charges when an eight-man, four-woman jury found him not guilty of beating his girlfriend at her home.
His girlfriend claimed from the witness stand that Crim kicked, pushed and hit her – allegedly smacking her across the jaw and forehead with a gun she owned. She identified and described photographs of her injuries including facial, neck and back bruising, a black eye, and scrapes and bruising to her legs.
Her injuries were so severe, she had to be treated in a hospital trauma unit.
Crim’s testimony contradicted that version of events. He told the jury from the witness stand the couple had argued throughout the day about their relationship. While watching a movie, he said the two began drinking heavily.
Crim blamed alcohol for their altercation, saying they began pushing each other and it escalated from there. However, he denied choking, kicking or having a gun at any point.
“It never got to that extent, not into the wall, not pushing her into any object at all,” said Crim. “We did slip and fall on some wine we had spilt on the coffee table and we both went down. I never even touched a gun.”