A 45-year-old Covington man’s trial came to a sudden end Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to aggravated second-degree battery and second-degree kidnapping in a brutal 2014 attack on his girlfriend.
As part of a plea agreement, 22nd Judicial District Judge Allison Penzato sentenced David Scott Temple to 15 years on the battery charge and 60 years on the kidnapping charge — an enhanced punishment because Temple is a multiple offender. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
The defendant changed his plea after a morning of testimony that included pictures of his then-girlfriend covered with bruises, according to Lisa Page, spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery.
Prosecutors described a drunk and angry assailant who battered his victim with a flashlight and candlestick and hooked her to his truck with a dog collar before releasing her and trying to run her down. He then cut off her bloody clothing and forced her to shower in scalding water, they said.
Throughout the ordeal, Temple repeatedly threatened to kill the woman’s 7-year-old daughter, Page said.
The victim escaped with the help of a neighbor who showed up unexpectedly at the guest house where the couple lived off La. 1082 near Covington.
The arresting officer and neighbor both took the stand Wednesday morning. After a recess for lunch, the defendant decided to change his plea, Page said.
His defense attorney, Ernie Barrow, said Temple spontaneously said he wanted to spare his former girlfriend the burden of going through the trial.
A weeping Temple apologized to his victim, Page said.
“I drink. I pass out. Didn’t know nothing. Didn’t mean to hurt you,” he said, according to Page.
Editor’s note: The name of the road near Covington where the couple lived has been corrected.
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