District Judge Michael O'Hara suggested a Craig man who pleaded guilty to domestic violence in Moffat County District Court recently regularly refer to a photograph of his girlfriend that police took after he had beaten her up.
Although not included in a plea agreement formerly struck by defense and prosecutors, Judge O'Hara sentenced Jonathan Crook, 24, to 30 days in the Moffat County Jail along with the terms of his plea.
"I believe there's an additional component of your punishment," the judge said to Crook in court on Tuesday. "Without a plea agreement, you could have gone to prison with what you did. This is a very wrong thing you did that I can't overlook."
Crook originally was charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and second-degree assault in connection with an incident in July. According to court documents, Crook got into a fight with his girlfriend of one year.
He hit her in the eye with his closed fist and threw a beer bottle that struck the left side of her head, according to police reports.
Police responded to the assault at a Barclay Street home after they thought Crook was armed there with a "dangerous weapon." A 12-hour standoff ensued.
Crook pleaded guilty to char-ges of attempted criminal trespassing and domestic violence in an early March hearing. He was sentenced in court on Tuesday to four years probation and a month in the Moffat County Jail.
He also must attend anger management classes.
Crook's attorney, Ron Smith, requested a hearing to refute $4,000 in restitution charges to be repaid to law enforcement and a recommendation that Crook be required to take a drug that discourages people from drinking alcohol.
Crook told the court that landing in jail "in a way may have been the best thing to happen to me."
A self-described alcoholic, Crook said he had been abusing alcohol since age 13 and that drinking got him into trouble. Crook has a previous felony conviction.
But Crook and his attorney, Smith, stated that the 24-year-old has been successfully sober since the July incident.
Crook voluntarily enrolled himself in a six-week in-patient treatment program to overcome substance abuse.
Crook told the court he was surprised at how good sobriety felt and that he has changed his lifestyle.
"I know my criminal history looks bad, but every time I got into trouble I was under the influence of alcohol," he said. "I don't want to use drugs and alcohol anymore because I've seen what it does. It's led me to this."