A man was recently found guilty of abduction, strangulation and assault and battery of a family or household member in King William Circuit Court.
Kevin Bernard Trent, 37, entered Alford pleas of guilt on Feb. 27 for the three felony charges, with the charge of assault and battery of a family member or household member being his third or subsequent offense, according to a news release by the Office of the King William County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
An Alford plea is when a defendant maintains their innocence, but chooses to avoid a trial in and agrees the Commonwealth has enough evidence for a conviction, according to the release.
The court treats Alford pleas the same as guilty pleas, resulting in the court finding Trent guilty.
Evidence described in court by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Joan Burroughs showed that on April 8, Trent and his girlfriend were at a home on Vessels Lane when Trent threatened to harm the victim.
She then fled to a neighboring house for help, however the neighbor was not home. Trent then caught the victim, placed her in a “bear hug,” and took her back to his house, according to court records.
Once inside, Trent began to beat the victim and strangle her to the point of passing out, according to the report.
On April 12, the victim was able to escape Trent long enough to call 911 with the help of a neighbor.
Trent has had prior convictions in Caroline County, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County of misdemeanor assault and battery of a family or household member.
The Office of the King William County Commonwealth’s Attorney is grateful to King William County Sheriff’s Office for their investigation and Bon Secour’s forensic nurse examiners for their compassionate treatment of the victim and collection of vital medical evidence, according to the release.
The Office of the King William County Commonwealth’s Attorney also acknowledges the bravery and tenacity of the victim for coming forward, being ready to testify and helping hold Trent accountable.
Trent will be sentenced on May 1 in King William Circuit Court. He is being held without bond at Middle Peninsula Regional Jail.