On May 17, 2016, a 50-year-old Newport News man was sentenced to life in prison under Virginia’s “three strikes” law for repeatedly, violently assaulting his domestic partners.
William Morgan’s most recent conviction, aggravated malicious wounding, was for attacking his live-in girlfriend, causing her some vision loss and scarring on her face during an attack on August 12, 2013 just five months after he was released from prison.
The victim also suffered some nerve damage, which caused her lip to droop, and the loss of two teeth. One of the teeth pierced the upper lip ‘through-and through.’ The resulting tissue damage inside the mouth caused chronic irritation and occasional drooling and difficulty speaking.
Morgan was convicted of malicious wounding, a serious violent felony three times previously in 1994, in 2002, and again in 2009. Each time, he received multiple years in prison, and was released following each sentence for mere months before reoffending.
The Commonwealth prosecuted Morgan under a Virginia law that says if an offender is convicted of a serious violent felony, incarcerated, and released at least two times previously, and then commits another serious violent felony, upon conviction, the offender is sentenced to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.
After finding Morgan guilty of the felony assault, Judge Peter C. Tench sentenced him to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.