MADISON, Neb. — A Norfolk man with a history of domestic violence was sent to prison on his latest domestic assault conviction.
Michael J. Wemhoff, 31, punched, bit and dragged his girlfriend by her hair, and tried to smother her with a pillow, during the assault in February, according to police reports.
His lawyer, Madison County Public Defender Kyle Melia, said Wemhoff wasn't arrested until months later. In the meantime, his girlfriend moved back in with him.
He described the incident as a mutual assault in which both parties participated in an argument that turned physical.
But Madison County Attorney Joe Smith said Wemhoff deserved the maximum sentence because of his prior assault convictions on the same woman.
Wemhoff's conviction was enhanced Tuesday to second offense. He was sentenced to 20 to 60 months in prison. With credit for time served, he must serve 5½ months before he becomes eligible for parole.
Wemhoff said he's tired of hurting his family.
“I don't want my life to go on like this,” he said.
Even though his girlfriend took him back after the latest assault, at the time she thought she was going to die, said Judge Mark Johnson.
“That has to be a horrific experience to go through,” he said.