Guilty Verdict for Man Who Hit Woman With Pot, Leaving Her In Cat Litter
An Ulster County man with a history of domestic violence may spend four years in prison for another domestic violence conviction.
On Friday, after less than two hours of deliberations, an Ulster County jury found 25-year-old Charles M. Burgher guilty of three counts of aggravated family offense, felonies
In late February 2016, Kingston police responded to multiple calls reporting a woman screaming. The woman tried to protect herself by locking herself in in her bathroom, but Burgher broke down the bathroom door, officials say.
Once inside the bathroom, Burgher threatened and hit her with a metal pot until she was cornered, lying in a box of cat litter.
The woman managed to secretly call the police. At the same time, a downstairs neighbor heard the victim screaming and also called the police. Kingston police quickly arrived on the scene and arrested Burgher.
Aggravated family offense is a relatively new felony offense. The Legislature enacted the law in 2012 to address repeat domestic violence offenders who continue to commit misdemeanor offenses against their victims, officials say.
According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, Burgher was convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor in January of 2015 against a different victim.
The prior conviction elevated the charges against him in February to felonies.
Burgher will be sentenced on March 24 and faces up to two to four years in prison.