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Logan NJ man gets 10 Yrs NJSP in 2X4 beating of wife

 

After repeatedly striking his wife in the head with a two-by-four piece of wood in the garage of their Logan Township NJ home, Thomas Tansey (DOB 1/4/62),  said to her, “why aren’t you dead yet?,”   an assistant Gloucester County prosecutor told a judge at Tansey’s sentencing today  (8/3) to ten years in New Jersey state prison for the assault on Oct. 9, 2009.

 

Tansey pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated assault on June 7.

 

That Tansey’s 40-year-old wife did not suffer brain damage  “seems to be a modern medical miracle,”  AP Staci Scheetz said of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and lacerations to her face and scalp and a subdural hematoma, which is a pooling of blood on the brain.

 

With Tansey’s wife at the counsel table next to her, Scheetz said Tansey also attempted to create an alibi for his assault by insisting his wife hit him with a piece of metal pipe.  When she refused, he wrapped her hands around the pipe and struck himself, the prosecutor said. The two were planning a divorce at the time of the attack but were still sharing a home, she reported.  She has since divorced him. 

 

The victim was hospitalized eight days for treatment of her injuries and will have significant nerve damage, Scheetz said.

 

                                  The 10-year term recommended by Scheetz “was an appropriate disposition” of the case for a repeat offender, Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr., noting Tansey had seven prior municipal court convictions.  He has been jailed in default of bail since his arrest the day of the assault and will be credited for 1,029 days on the sentence.  He must serve 85 percent of the prison term before he is eligible for parole.

 

“This defendant is the very definition of domestic violence and has earned every day of his sentence,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton.

 

 

 

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