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Prosecutor: "This is one of the worst domestic violence cases I have ever seen."

Posted at 3:04 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 17:04:48-04

Spencer Keller, 21, of Nampa, was sentenced Monday to four years fixed and four years indeterminate in a domestic violence case that one prosecutor said was “one of -- if not the worst -- domestic violence and strangulation cases that I have ever seen.”

Keller was sentenced to the four years fixed/four indeterminate on each of the charges of attempted strangulation and domestic battery in the presence of a child. Both are felonies.

The sentences will run concurrent for a total unified sentence of 8 years in prison. The judge ordered Keller to have no contact with the victim or their common child for the duration of the sentence. Keller was also ordered to pay nearly $11,000 in restitution to the Crime Victims Compensation program.      

Keller was arrested last January, after a Nampa Police Department officer responded to Keller’s Nampa home for a welfare check and found him “in the process of beating and strangling his live-in girlfriend in front of their young child,” according to Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker. 

“The victim told officers that, before they arrived, Keller had punched her in the face and knocked her over.  He then continued punching and strangling her until the Officer arrived and intervened. Medical records show the abuse left the victim with a broken eye orbital and numerous cuts and bruises on her face and head. Subsequent medical records also showed the victim suffered a traumatic brain injury,” Decker said. 

“This is one of -- if not the worst -- domestic violence and strangulation cases that I have ever seen during my time as a prosecutor,” said Deputy Prosecutor Monica Morrison. “And I’m thankful that the officer intervened when he did, or this may very well be a domestic violence homicide case. There is no doubt that Mr. Keller belongs in prison where he can no longer be a danger to our society.”