Crime

Man beats pregnant girlfriend, 32-week-old unborn baby dies three days later, but will serve no jail time 

Will wear a GPS monitor for six months 

By Dave Andrusko

Johnny Charles Ebbs V, who stood accused of beating his girlfriend to the point where their unborn child died three days later, agreed to a  plea deal with the Travis County District Attorney’s office Monday and will serve no jail time after, according to Fox News.

Ebbs’ plea deal “comes with eight years of deferred adjudication on a third-degree continuous family violence assault charge, meaning that he has not been found guilty at the time of sentencing and will have his offense dismissed if he doesn’t violate his probation,” according to Fox News’ Bradford Betz  [https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-man-gets-no-jail-time-beating-girlfriend-killing-unborn-child]. 

KXAN reporters Sarah Al-Shaikh and Jaclyn Ramkissoon wrote

According to an arrest warrant, Ebbs assaulted his pregnant girlfriend, LaShonda Lemons, during a verbal fight in 2019. The warrant said Ebbs punched her in the stomach and screamed “F— you and this baby! You aren’t going anywhere!”

Lemons said she went to the hospital three days later and was told the baby died. A doctor indicated that “placenta abruption” was present, which means the placenta was detached from the womb, according to the affidavit.

Although Ebbs was required by both his bond and an agreed-upon protective order to forfeit his guns, that has “never happened,” Lemons’ attorney, Kelsey McKay, said. 

“We have firearm surrender laws. We have domestic violence laws. But if there’s not enforcement and implementation of those laws, they’re relatively useless,” McKay said.

As part of the plea deal, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office required Ebbs to swear in court he doesn’t have any guns and won’t live in a house with them in it.

McKay said based on the terms of the agreement, Ebbs will end up not serving any jail time and will wear a GPS monitor for six months.

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