A troubled Maine woman who attacked her live-in boyfriend for being “lazy” will see 15 months behind bars after being sentenced Monday, according to CBS News. Prosecutors were hoping 34-year-old Crystal Foss would get three years in prison for what they called a "horrific attack." At the sentencing, however, Androscoggin County Superior Court Active-Retired Justice Robert Clifford cited Foss’ history of mental problems and being abused, as well as having no prior criminal history, as reasons to suspend most of her eight year sentence.
As reported in the local Lewiston – Auburn Sun Journal newspaper, Foss told police she had set upon her domestic partner Charles Bradrick with a claw hammer on the afternoon of April 5, striking him multiple times on the head. The injuries took 10 medical staples to close. He also suffered bruises on his ribs, from where she kicked him after he fell. The attack was completely unprovoked and Lewiston police officer Tyler Martin said Foss had shown "very little emotion" when questioned, saying she didn't care whether the victim died from the attack.
Foss suffered from brain damage during birth and was the victim of a sexual assault as a minor, and also has a history of drug and alcohol abuse. She has had a history of mental health problems and according to her defense attorney, Henry Griffin, hadn't been taking her medications at the time of the attack.
Foss pleaded guilty in January to Class B aggravated assault and at her sentencing said, "I just wanted to say how truly sorry I am for my actions that day." Bradrick addressed the court as well, asking for leniency and saying, “I don't blame her for attacking me, I blame her for not taking her meds.”
[Photo: Androscoggin County Sheriff's Dept.]