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Ward sentenced for hitting girlfriend with baseball bat
Howard Leslie Ward Jr. entered a plea bargain before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke.

A man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after he hit his girlfriend in the head with a baseball bat.
The defendant, Howard Leslie Ward Jr., 25, entered a plea bargain before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the lesser charge of domestic assault and was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and undergo batterer intervention classes. He was also ordered to stay away from the victim. He was originally charged with felony domestic assault which carries three to six years in prison.
His jail time comes after deputies were called to a home on Cooper Road where a woman was heard screaming. When they arrived, the woman described what had happened, noting it began when she was simply trying to put her arm around him in bed.
“They had been arguing for a couple of days,” deputy Trevor Young noted in recalling the woman’s story. “That evening, after they went to bed, she put her arm around him and Mr. Ward told her not to touch him and elbowed her in the head.”
The move prompted her to bite him on his thumb, resulting in Ward hitting her in the face. The confrontation then escalated.
“He got a wooden bat and struck her on the head,” deputy Young said, noting the woman then ran from the residence and didn’t stop running until she arrived at another residence about a mile away on Cooper Road.
Deputy Young said pictures were taken of the woman, capturing the injuries to her face.