Authorities say they keep charging a Springfield man with domestic assault, and he keeps posting bond and assaulting women.
Darren Ray Sandefur, 30, has been charged in three separate felony domestic assault cases in less than a year, court records show.
In May 2017, police say Sandefur felt disrespected by a woman and attacked her in anger when she tried to leave his home. A chaotic scene played out outside Sandefur’s home that included Sandefur assaulting a male relative.
The incident allegedly ended when a neighbor intervened and pepper-sprayed Sandefur. According to police, the female victim was 24 weeks pregnant at the time of the assault.
Court records show Sandefur was charged and held on a $50,000 bond, which he posted days later.
In January, days before Sandefur was set to go on trial, police say Sandefur went to the same victim’s home – despite a court order – and assaulted her again.
“Snitches get stitches,” Sandefur said, according to police, before he took the woman’s phone away when she tried to call 911.
Then Sandefur allegedly choked the woman until someone came into the room and Sandefur left.
When police contacted him later that day, they say Sandefur claimed he was a victim of the woman’s abuse, pointing to his right eye, which has some slight redness and bruising to the area around it.
Court records show Sandefur was charged and held on a $75,000 bond, which he posted days later.
Police Say This Springfield Man Posted Bond And Attacked A Woman. Then, He Did It Again.
Earlier this month, Greene County sheriff’s deputies say a different woman went to the hospital after Sandefur choked her, threw an object at her and punched her in the eye.
Deputies reported the woman had a black eye and marks on her forehead, neck, shoulder and knees.
Sandefur was again charged with a felony, court records show.
This time, prosecutors asked that he held without bond. A judge agreed.
According to court records, Sandefur is currently charged with seven counts of felony domestic assault, one count of felony witness tampering, and a misdemeanor for violating a protection order.
Sandefur is currently being held in the Greene County Jail, according to an online jail roster.
He has previous convictions for a pair of 2010 felony domestic assault charges, court records show.
According to court records, Sandefur pleaded guilty to those charges, plus armed criminal action, and was sentenced to five years in prison.
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Sandefur was released in June 2013 after spending about two and a half years behind bars.
An attorney who has been representing Sandefur did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Read the original story shared by the Springfield News-Leader here.)