OLYMPIA – A three-judge panel in the Division II Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of a former Department of Defense and Port Orchard police officer who threatened his live-in girlfriend with a gun and pushed her out of a second-story window in 2010.
The officer’s girlfriend fractured her right ankle and shoulder and suffered a brain injury in the fall. She spent five weeks in the hospital, underwent multiple surgeries and remains confined to a wheelchair.
In Nov. 2011, a Kitsap County jury convicted Dennis McCarthy of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The jury also returned special verdicts that McCarthy committed his crimes while armed with a firearm and that the crimes were considered domestic violence.
McCarthy was sentenced to serve a total of 23 years in prison— which included one year for a prior incident where he lit his girlfriend’s belongings on fire.
Shortly before trial, the judge removed the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office from the case due to a conflict of interest. The Attorney General’s Office was asked to assume prosecution of the case. Assistant Attorney General John Hillman handled the case.
“The Attorney General’s Office Criminal Justice Division handles some of the state’s toughest cases,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “This domestic violence case is a prime example of the difficult work we do to keep Washington safe.”
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