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Religious argument leads to year in jail
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A man will spend a year in jail after losing his religion during an argument with his girlfriend in which he pulled a gun.
The man, Anthony J. Terrigino Jr., 31, was given a year in jail after he entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of aggravated assault, domestic assault, DUI and driving without a license. He will remain on probation for three years after serving his jail time. He will additionally be required to pay $500 plus costs, perform 40 hours public service work and must forfeit his gun. He has also been forever banned from possessing a firearm.
He was charged this past summer after an argument over religion got out of control.
“She said they had been arguing about religion,” revealed sheriff’s deputy Eddie Colwell. “He pushed her in a chair and she told him to leave.”
Terrigino then began to choke the victim and said he needed 30 days in order to leave. She reportedly called 911, prompting another threat from her angry boyfriend.
“He told her if she put him in jail he would kill her and her family and burn her house down,” Colwell said, noting that at one point Terriginio reportedly pointed a pistol at her.
Terrigino left before deputies arrived, but returned and was found to be in an intoxicated state, leading to more charges.
“He failed field sobriety tests, had slurred speech and stated he drank three 22-ounce beers,” Colwell noted.