A Madison man has been convicted of felony domestic battery on his ex-girlfriend and is now awaiting sentencing on Dec. 9 in Jefferson Superior Court.
Larry Eaglin Jr., 44, had been charged with striking his ex-girlfried and mother of their child during a custody exchange of the child at the Jefferson County Public Library in downtown Madison on Jan. 22, 2019. Madison Police Department investigated the incident and the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Eaglin with Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child, a Level 6 felony.
Detective Shawe Scudder responded to the initial complaint and followed Jefferson County Domestic Violence protocol by utilizing domestic violence screening tools, a domestic violence lethality assessment and a battery affidavit completed by the victim to investigate eh allegations. The Prosecutor’s office then used that evidence to file charges and Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Stigdon argued the case during a two-day trial that included testimony by the victim and Scudder to secure the guilty verdict.
According to Scudder’s investigation, the victim and Eaglin shared custody of the young child and had arranged for the child exchange at the library because she had concerns and believed it would be a safe place. The victim said she had set her mobile phone to audio record the exchange and placed the phone in her jacket pocket. During the exchange, Eaglin allegedly removed the phone from the victim’s jacket pocket, became angry and struck the victim in the face, just below the eyes, with closed fists. The attack took place in the presence of the child.
“The conviction in this case comes at a time when we also happen to be raising awareness of the dangers of domestic violence to families and especially to children,” said Prosecutor David Sutter. “The victim in the case was right to take precautions for the protection of her child. I am pleased with the justice delivered here and hope this will remind others to always put the safety and well-being of their children first.”
Eaglin is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9 in Jefferson Superior Court. Level 6 felonies carry a sentence of from six months to 2 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
“Our success in this case demonstrates the strength of our law enforcement team here in Jefferson County, and, in particular, the effectiveness of our domestic violence procedures,” said Sutter. “I also commend the bravery of the victim for stepping up and seeing this case through, which is very difficult in these situations … we will maintain our exacting and assertive approach to protecting and serving crime victims in Jefferson County because that is what the people of our community rightfully expect.”