A 26-year-old Yonkers man was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison after he assaulted his live-in girlfriend with a tire iron last year, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced today.
In November, a jury found Christopher Walters, 26, guilty of second-degree assault, a D felony; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a D felony; aggravated criminal contempt, a D felony; first-degree criminal contempt, an E felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, an A misdemeanor.
On March 29, 2011, Yonkers Police responded to St. Joseph’s Hospital and spoke to a 21-year-old Yonkers woman who was being treated for a broken finger and lacerations to her head and hand. The woman told police that her boyfriend, Walters, assaulted her with a tire iron at her Stanley Avenue apartment.
The victim had an order of protection filed against Walters at the time of the incident, which Walters had violated two times prior to the attack.
When police arrived at the woman’s home, they found Walters standing on the roof of the building and threatening to jump.
Emergency service unit officers from Yonkers and New York City eventually took Walter into custody and transported him to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Walters was sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison as a second violent felony offender on the second-degree assault charge. In addition, he was sentenced consecutively to a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years on each of the first-degree criminal contempt charges.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amy Puerto, deputy chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Barca.