A Florida man robbed, attacked his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend with a blacksmith hammer. Now, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
18th Judicial Circuit Judge Steve Henderson sentenced Brandon Putty, 37, to life in prison for the violent assault of his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend. After three hours of deliberation, Putty was found guilty and convicted by a jury of burglary of a dwelling with battery, two counts of battery, and petit theft.
According to Florida Today, on June 10, 2018, Palm Bay police responded to a residence on Haas Avenue Northwest, near the Malabar Annex Space Force Base. A woman and her new boyfriend had been asleep in the morning hours when she heard her dog scratching the bedroom door. Alarmed, she approached her son’s room to check on his welfare when Putty jumped out of a closet and struck her with a blacksmith’s hammer, knocking her unconscious.
During the commotion, the woman’s boyfriend was also accosted by Putty, who struck the victim with the hammer. However, the victim wrestled the weapon from the defendant before he fled the scene with the woman’s purse.
The couple was transported to the hospital for treatment. The woman suffered a serious head trauma. She was given 15 stitches on the right side of her head to close a huge laceration. The boyfriend also suffered a thigh injury due to the blow inflicted by the hammer.
According to the Office of the State Attorney, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Putty, who was arrested two days later in Georgia. The defendant has a criminal history that includes a prior burglary, theft, stalking, and domestic violence.
In addition, the defendant was classified as a prison release re-offender since he committed the crime within three years of his last release from incarceration.