(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man, who was described in court by his victim as “a monster of a man,” has been given an eight-year prison term recommended by a Payne County jury for repeatedly abusing his then-wife during a weekend in late November of 2018.
Jeffery Don Long, 31, who had two prior convictions for domestic violence, was also ordered to pay $2,372 in restitution for his victim’s medical treatment and provide a DNA sample at his sentencing before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler last week.
In asking the judge to impose the prison term recommended by a jury in May, prosecutor Debra Vincent said, “This is a serial domestic abuser. We ask you to give meaning to the jury’s verdict.”
Long was arrested at his residence at 4:28 pm on Nov. 27, 2018, by Stillwater Police Officer Miguel Najera, according to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Detective John Paul Johnson.
When Long’s then-wife arrived at the Stillwater police station at 3 pm that day with her young daughter, “I saw that both of her eyes were black and the left one was red from a busted blood vessel. I saw that the tops of her hands appeared bruised, and she had linear bruises on the exposed parts of her forearms, some of which appeared to be older than others.
“She had bruising, red marks, and carpet burns on the exposed parts of her knees and shins. During the interview, she told me Long had shoved her up against a wall where she hit her head against a coat hook, causing her to lose consciousness. I examined the back of her head and found a tender, raised lump that appeared to be about 1.5 inches in diameter with a scabbed-over cut and red spot,” the detective wrote in his affidavit.
Asked what happened, Long’s victim said “she believed the argument started on the previous Friday, but it continued off and on all over the weekend. She said Long found where (she) had been communicating with another man, and she admitted to having an affair.
“This sent Long into a rage where he broke furniture and ended up slamming her into the bathroom wall, where she believed her head hit a clothing hook and causing her to black out. I asked her how she got the black eyes and she said she did not know, but it must have happened when she blacked out. She said she believed she got the bruising on her hands from protecting her head during the assault, but she was having problems recalling much of anything.
“She had so many bruises and scrapes in various stages of healing that she was unable to tell me when she got them all. She acknowledged that some of them came from prior assaults from Long but said some of them were from her falling. By the end of the interview, she acknowledged two assaults from Long over the weekend, one as described above and another where she was pushed into and out of the shower. She said Long forced her to take a shower at one point and she believed it was because he urinated on her,” the affidavit said.
Long’s victim “was obviously fearful to say much of anything definitive. I asked her why this was, and she said she was afraid of Long going back to prison because she liked his parents and didn’t want them to see their son go to prison. Long has a criminal history involving a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse in Grady County for which he was on a 10-year suspended sentence, and a conviction for felony domestic abuse by strangulation in Oklahoma County for which he was sentenced to five years in DOC custody.
“Based on her head injury and complaint of continuing migraine pain, I asked (her) to go to the emergency room. I was later notified that significant additional bruising had been found all over (her) upper body, so I requested an on-duty officer respond and obtain photographs of those injuries,” the Stillwater detective wrote in his affidavit.
At his sentencing last week, Long’s victim told the judge in court about how the attack had affected her: “I used to be happy all the time. Now I’m scared to be happy. I get very jumpy when someone walks up to me too fast. My family worries about me. My mom calls to check to be sure I’m okay. She’s scared somehow he’ll get to me. We are no longer together.”
Addressing her ex-husband in court, she said, “My oldest knows you hurt her mom. My boss is always asking if I’m okay. She saved my life. I started going back to church. The jury did not give you enough time”
She said, “He will get out and re-offend. This is not his first time. He will do this again,” and called her ex-husband “a monster of a man.”
When the judge asked Long if he wanted to say anything before being sentenced, he said, “I am terribly sympathetic with what happened. My life has finally turned around.” Adding that he has married someone else, Long said, “If I could go back, I’ll do a lot better.”
According to court records, in December of 2013 Long had been convicted in Grady County of felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon along with a misdemeanor count of domestic assault and battery, for which he was given a concurrent one-year jail term. For his felony count, Long was originally sentenced to two years in prison followed by eight years of probation, which was revoked in March of 2015 to five years in prison, followed by another probation revocation in February of 2019 to three years in prison.
In July of 2015 Long was convicted in Oklahoma County of domestic abuse by strangulation for which he was given a five-year prison term concurrent to his Grady County sentence, court records show.
Due to his criminal record, for his Payne County domestic assault and battery as a subsequent offense, the jury could have given him a sentence ranging from four years to life in prison.