Man who allegedly pushed girlfriend from moving truck sentenced to prison
"I think that he is trying to get out of something he did wrong," she said after the hearing. "I feel like it was not from his heart. I feel like he was told to say that. I don't think it sounded sincere. I think him saying that was a way to get the blame off of him again. Nothing is ever his fault because there's always someone else to blame because he's perfect."
During her turn to address the court, Bambrough said she still suffers memory loss from her "brain being smashed back and forth in my skull." She said she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, will never have full use of her hand again, and "still has nightmares of him hitting and yelling at me."
As she went through counseling, Bambrough said, she used to ask what she did so wrong to have been beaten as bad as she was, until she realized, "It was nothing I did, but just a part of Brandon that can't be hidden very long."
The tense, 90-minute hearing was before a packed courtroom. Most in the audience were friends and family members of Bambrough. Many, including Bambrough, wore purple as a sign of support. Some wore T-shirts with the words, "Team AshLee, Fight Like a Girl," a group Bambrough and her sister started to help raise awareness of domestic violence.
After the hearing, deputies had the parties leave separately, having Sloper's family exit the building before Bambrough's supporters were allowed to get up from their seats.
Bambrough said she plans to testify at Sloper's future parole hearings.
Sloper's case is not completely finished. Because of the dispute over whether Bambrough was pushed or if she jumped out of the vehicle, the defense and prosecution have not come to an agreement on restitution.
Thomas objected to some of the victim impact statements submitted to the court on Bambrough's behalf, noting that some of them had nothing to do with the case. He said the negative campaign against his client had "blown up," and supporters of Bambrough had "gone to great lengths to dig up dirt" on Sloper, even accusing him of things he didn't do.
"How many people can you contact to find out how trashy Brandon is?" he said sarcastically.
Thomas noted that one alleged witness to the incident, who was sitting in the audience Wednesday wearing a purple shirt, was never named in any of the police reports.
Another hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17 to discuss restitution.
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