Springfield man gets 12-13 years in domestic violence assault that put wife on life support

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SPRINGFIELD — A 43-year-old city man has been sentenced to 12 to 13 years in state prison after pleading guilty to domestic violence assaults that left the victim on life support at a Springfield hospital.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Joseph Malachi on Monday in Hampden Superior Court to the prison term plus five years probation.

Malachi pleaded guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault on a family member.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa G. Doran said that on Sept. 13, 2016, police were called to an Allen Park Road apartment for a report of an unconscious victim. Malachi’s wife was found unresponsive and bleeding from her head.

A security officer had seen the woman’s young children outside and was told, “My dad just killed my mom,” Doran said.

Malachi stomped on and kicked the victim, Doran said.

The victim, who was in the courtroom with a group of family members, was treated at Baystate Medical Center, where it was unclear whether she would survive and where she was on life support for a period of time, the prosecutor said.

She had to learn to walk again, as well as other functions, and still uses a cane, Doran said.

“She had a very long road once she did wake up,” Doran said.

Another incident happened on July 26, 2016, in which Malachi slapped the victim and smashed her phone against a wall when she tried to call police, Doran said.

Malachi pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, assault on a family member and violation of a restraining order for the July incident.
If the case had gone to trial, the children would have had to testify about the attack they saw, Doran said.

She said Malachi had a criminal history in Connecticut and had been incarcerated a number of times for assault, drug and larceny crimes.

Defense lawyer Mary Anne Stamm asked for a sentence of five years, saying the September incident, although the most violent, wasn’t premeditated.

She said Malachi had a lot of pressure on him and just “snapped.” Stamm said neither alcohol nor drugs were involved and Malachi has no history of mental illness.

Malachi’s plea was the second domestic violence plea heard by Rup and prosecuted by Doran on Monday.

Dennis Ramirez, 27, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to 10 charges including armed assault with intent to murder in the case in front of Rup.

She sentenced him to 12 to 13 years in state prison followed by five years probation.
In that case, Doran said it was a “shock and surprise and miracle” the victim survived a series of brutal beatings over two days, according to medical staff that treated her.

Danielle Hultgren was the victim witness advocate on both cases.

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