Man beats wife, pulls her hair out

A Huron man remains behind bars at the Erie County jail after ripping hair off his wife's scalp.
Heather Chapin-Fowler
Sep 21, 2010

 

A Huron man remains behind bars at the Erie County jail after ripping hair off his wife’s scalp.

The attack led to a domestic violence conviction for Justin Lawton, 32. The incident occurred Sept. 13 when Lawton and his wife started arguing at their Berlin Road home. 

Trisha Lawton told police her husband, Justin, followed her outside, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back into the house. She said he then threw her down and spit in her face, a Huron police report said.  

Police photographed several injuries on Trisha’s body, including a cut and bruising on her left elbow, cuts and abrasions on her right knee, a blackened eye, a cut and swollen lip on the left side of her mouth, heavy bruising behind her left ear and an area on the back of her head where a clump of hair had been ripped out. 

Justin is now serving a 17-day sentence at the Erie County jail. 

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first of duh month

 Anyone ever find out what happened in I-Fives parking lot Sat. night? I heard the parking lot looked like it does outside the Crowbar, (10 cop cars, a melee, drunks running everywhere), only 99.9% more caucasian out that way.

Bryan Dubois

Is this man accused of said crime or is he already declared guilty?

Norma J-C

The article clearly states that he was convicted and is serving a 17-day sentence. That's clear enough for me.

Bryan Dubois

Ah yes, I stand corrected.  Hadn't seen anything in the paper about this - and the headline implied it just happened.

Mime Bloggling

Only 17 days for beating his wife to a pulp? What judge handed down this sentence?

Julie R.

I do so think this woman best be getting rid of this dirt bag before he ends up killing her! How do women get mixed up with these creeps, anyway? I sure hope they don't have kids that are witnessing this.

brownbear

What is wrong with the prosecuter or the Judge , are they nuts? What if it was their daughter ?? Must of had a good lawyer. 17 days he must be laughing about it, he will get feed good and protected from harm by the guards. Divorce the but head.

Salvatore

Why wasn't this guy bound over to the grand jury like other people that beat up thier wives? 17 days is a big joke. Does he have connections in high places?

Salvatore

Please note people. Don't let the Ragister get a hold of your photo or they will blow it up to large proportions and post it so people can laugh at you and mock you.

Unassumer

17 days is not nearly long enough.  I don't know what makes some guys think it's okay to beat up their wives or girlfriends, because it's not.  I think domestic violence laws need to change, because as they stand now they only allow things to escalate until someone is killed and the woman is seldom protected.  I do hope this woman leaves because it will only get worse.  He will not change.  He will only be mad that she put him in jail.  He looks high in this picture and probably could use some drug counseling as well.

columbus avenue

What led up to this altercation?

eriemom

Are you serious Columbus Ave. Are you asking if she caused him to beat her?

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Tweety Sees Eve...

Sounds about right.  One day in jail for every injury that he caused her.  Way to go Justice system!

 

 Another Repukelican preaching the Constitution and all that BS, but committing a heinous crime against his wife, whom is significantly smaller than him.  Nice Justin, real nice.  Hypocrite.

 

Yes, I do realize that there are not 17 injuries listed before one of you corrects me.

spensmom

Seriously, 17 days!!  Are you kidding me??  My husband is sitting in Erie County Jail for 60 days because he got laid off for the winter and fell behind in child support for his daughter and this guy only gets 17 days for beating his wife.  I don't get it.  I just don't get it.

Katelih-Trailer...

 spensmom, Your husband's baby mama must be very persistent with too much time on her hands. If your husband is laid off, why didn't the courts take $$ from his unemployment checks, or aren't they allowed to?

Junky on Hancock

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Julie R.

To Junky on Hancock: So even if that were true that's no reason to beat somebody.  Why not just divorce her? This guy is nuts.  And so is his wife if she stays with him.  

TonyTone

duh...how the heck does it pertain to this article... or is this your gossip page???? 

thinktwice

I've seen that PD4BU somewhere before. I think it was on a ghetto caddy.

Unassumer

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Pete

Uhm, Goderators, what could have possibly been wrong with my post?

You have my email, send me a note as to why

clydemommy

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Katelih-Trailer...

 I don't know this couple, but am wondering if maybe the short sentence is because SHE supported him through this. Maybe SHE had " some say" in his sentencing. I am only guessing . It happens.

Tweety Sees Eve...

Hmmmm....I find it odd that the last comment was removed.  It contained no personal attacks like the moderator has posted.  Simply a joke. 

Odd how slanted the SandPaper is.  Imagine protecting a wife beater and not allowing us to have some say. 

Are you tring to get FOX news to buy you out?  You are starting to sound and act like them!!

Dude i Roc

Gee, I hope Lynn Benshoff Hoskins, age 60 of SR 269 Castalia will serve AT LEAST 17 days incarcerated for the assault of an 88 year old woman with dementia. 

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allfunalltimes

I am a witness to this weirdo's sinister behavior. This guy hit on me at school with alcohol on his breath and when I turned him down because I am married he tried to tell my husband I asked him out. Thank god a staff member overheard him asking me out. Thank the lord for eavesdroppers! 

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flash1978

Exactly! This dude acted like he was Jesus before he cut his hair off. Straightjackets or handcuffs work best for people like this.

Factitious

Wow. Ten of 36 comments removed for various reasons. Is that a record?

Tweety Sees Eve...

If it is not a record, it has to be close!

Lostinthesand

I also find it amusing that once someone states their opinion and it relates to the people who this story is about, it's automatically deleted since Trisha works for the SR.  Must be nice to be able to hide the truth from everyone, huh? Why wasn't this story printed earlier?  And how many domestic violence cases go on around here?  Not everyone gets their own story now do they?  

Perkins2060

All of you Fox News bashers sure must watch Fox a lot.  I now see why no one bashes MSNBC...  Because everyone is watching Fox! 

 

Liberals - Please keep bashing Fox News so more and more people keep tuning in!  Yet another reason why Fox News is THE most watched cable news network!!!  Thank you liberals!!!

TaxpayJerK

This all Obama's fault. OBAMACARE stressed this poor guy out. Hah hah hah.

Concerned For A...

Look at the snyde look on this guys face. You can tell he has no remorse whatsoever for the damage he has caused this lady.  What a low life. I dont care how mad your woman might make you, she is still a woman. Guys like these are power tripping hatemongers. But you can bet your rear that they arent gonna treat a man this way, because they are all cowards. Ladies, if you are being hit, or verbally and mentally abused, GET OUT!! You are better than that and you deserve a better life. Don't let them beat you into thinking you will never have anyone else, or that you cant do it on your own. The first step is to make it public and family known what is happening to you. You HAVE to tell. If you keep it secret because you are ashamed, it will never stop. You need to love YOURSELF. For the ladies that have children involved, you OWE THEM to get out! Don't try to stay because your doing it for the kids. It isnt for the kids, it's either because your scared because of threats and of what he might do, or your scared of being alone. Your not alone, you have your kids, who should be the most important thing in your life, and trust me, it's not good to stay with an abusive as$h@le for "them". If he is abusing you, he is abusing your children. Even if he dont put a hand on them, or talk badly to them, it is still mental abuse. It hurts them to know what is happening to mommy, and they are still afraid of him, and at what he might do next. I know you may not want to, but even if you have to go to a shelter with them, it is better than loosing them for this jerk. So pick yourself up, dust it off, and start living your life. Nobody deserves this.

LittleBit2010

I went to school with this creeper last year and he was always SO PROUD that he had "no emotions"... so much so to brag about how he didn't even cry or miss work for his own twin brother's funeral. Obviously this shows he has at least one emotion -- rage. Scary!

althenaruby

why would you be proud of having no emotions?

LittleBit2010

I dont know, but he really was a piece of work. All he wanted to do was make people feel bad about missing work or school for the death of a loved one. All it did was make the entire class think what a weirdo he was since he was bragging about his own brother dying and not caring at all about it. The scary part is he is a parent as well.

Junky on Hancock

Didn't miss work when his brother died??? HE WAS TWELVE.

LittleBit2010

Well don't ask me how old he was, he was the one who was bragging about it in class. It's not like it makes a difference to me or not, but it does stand out in my memory because he was making fun of me for having emotions about an immediate family member dying.

Lostinthesand

Obviously you have never seen him with his child if you say he has no emotions.  And really how screwed up do you think you would be if you watched your twin brother die right in front of you by getting hit by a car?  They are 2 sides to every single story, usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  This article only stated Trisha's side, not Justin's.  Do you think there is more under all of this?   What was the reasoning for the argument in the first place?

Concerned For A...

Lostinthesand!!!!! there IS NO OTHER SIDE> to this story. He brutally attacked this lady! Are you out of your mind? Do you get abused and think that this behavior is excusable? I know Justins side, it goes something like this: I beat the sh!+ outta my ole lady. there is no reason to do these kinda things, i just felt like it, she made me mad, what was i supposed to do.... she slapped me, she was calling me names and made me mad....... ON AND ON AND ON THE EXCUSES COME!! Guys that beat women have every excuse under the sun for why they did it. There is no OTHER side. And he will be right back out doing it again. And if he is that screwed up over his brother, he obviously should have gotten mental hepl when he was a juvenile, fault of his parents if he didnt. I know a few people that have dead siblings, and dont use it as an excuse to be violent to others. HE RIPPED HER HAIR RIGHT OUT OF HER SKULL!!!! THAT TAKES SOME SERIOUS FORCE!! WAKE UP, GEEZ.

Lostinthesand

No I am not an abused wife in no way, shape, or form.  I do not condone anyone beating on anyone.  However, I do personally know the parties involved, and this had to escalate insanely for this to happen, I have known both of them for years.  I do know that Justin was a devoted father, husband, and stepfather.  I know that something really messed up had to have happened for this to get to this point.  He doesn't just "beat up his ole lady" for the fun of it.  She was two-timing and very manipulative before this ever came to surface.  And honestly, yes if I caught my husband cheating on me, you are da*n right I'd thump him a time or two, I know my emotions would get the best of me in that situation.  His life wasn't roses, losing his brother was just the very tip of the iceburg, and I know that's not an excuse for how you act as an adult.  I don't care what any of you have to say, there is a LOT more to this story that what was said.  A person can only take so much emotional abuse before they snap, which I'm sure is what happened in this instance.  And really if you look at the pic, I see a bloody nose and a messed up eye, looks like Trisha got her free kicks in too.  There are just too many pieces missing for anyone who knows this couple. 

LittleBit2010

Honestly I really don't care, all I stated was a FACT, he himself bragged about his brother dying and him not caring. Yeah you would have to be screwed up seeing it happen, but guess what -- he didn't tell any of us about that or that it happened when he was 12. He acted like we were all losers for caring if our family members died.

LittleBit2010

And if he was just trying to look cool or smart by bragging about not having emotions, then he brought it on himself. I know I'm not the only one who he weirded out when we had that conversation in class that day.

sanduskygirl1

My post was removed but everyone else is talking about the same thing.   I am not sticking up for Justin, but he should've sought help after his brother died, yes.  He probably was not "bragging about not having emotions" that was just his personality.  He really is a very smart man, intelligent man, granted his actions have not shown this but speaking to him you would learn a lot!   Things may have arrupted to cause him to act in such a hateful matter and I think 17 days is not enough time for doing that crime, but.. Justin really is not this type of man.

LittleBit2010

Maybe he doesn't seem like "this type of man", but obviously something happened.... Tragedy happens to people everyday, but you can't spend the rest of your life blaming your problems on something that happened decades ago.

sanduskygirl1

Littlebit- I agree with what you are saying.  He had this exterior shell on him that caused him to act mean and tough but in all actuality he was probably scared and I know he would do anything for a friend. He needed help with a lot of issues he thought he could resolve on his own.  I feel bad for Trisha.

Tweety Sees Eve...

People keep asking what her side of the story is.  Unless she assaulted him, there is no other side to the story. 

Simply put, there is no excuse for hitting or beating a woman.  PERIOD!

SMH-FML

Not  "this type of man".... WHAT ???? Did you read the list of injuries she sustained from him and that he spit in her face. (which is degrading  on its own) You can't just look at someone and tell that they are an abuser.  They are usually intelligent, manipulative, and put on a good front to hide the abuse going on. (whether it be physical, mental, verbal, or emotional abuse).  I read  comments that he has children and for their sake I hope that they did not witness this or see the after effects of this.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month .... plenty of shelters could use help to get victims away from negative situations.

ragtop66

Wow.....I bet that made him feel like a REAL MAN. 

17 days!!! is somebody nuts!!!  It seems as though whoever did the sentencing pretty much condones what he did.

But that's just my opinion.

dorothy gale

Yes, he had a traumatic experience when he was 12.  However, he is now a grown man and is responsible for his actions.  It is his responsibility to get help for any issues he may have regarding his early life and the death of his twin.  As for the comment that disparaged his parents, I have never had to endure the pain of losing a child so I would never dare to suggest what parents "should" do in that situation.  Most of us have had awful crap happen to us, some worse than others, and no parent is perfect; but as adults it is time to stop the blame game and help ourselves to overcome whatever life dealt us and move on.  NOTHING justifies or excuses the violent attack this man perpetrated against the mother of his children. 

peoplecrackmeup

 wowwwwwww.... really only 17 days...thats a joke..He looks like he could be the one with a slap on his wrist..oh wait he did! wow people these days

peoplecrackmeup

 Unassumer- i totally AGREE there is all these guys that beat their wifes and nothing is done till someone finds out they are dead..these days are completely RETARDED!

Rabbi

There are a couple of facets to domestic violence that always seem to be curiously absent from the conversation.  I have read all of the posts for this particular topic, and I am interested to find this to be the case.

First:  It's okay for a parent to strike a child (even protected by law) despite the science, and research indicating that this actually teaches a child that hitting is okay when a person is angry.  Anyone choosing to dispute this, please cite credible research.

Second:  We seem to be proponents of domestic violence laws and reform citing, "these men who beat women need to be locked up"  all the while ignoring women who have hit men, badgered men relentlessly (emotional abuse such as name calling) or thrown things at men in anger.  Further, we cite domestic violence statistics (men are cited and convicted of domestic violence more frequently than women), but never stop to ask, "Why don't more men report domestic violence?  We ignore the fact that men tend not to report out of fear of being labeled weak. 

There is no excuse P-E-R-I-O-D for any person to ever strike another, male or female, parent or child.  When the double standard ends, the violence will end.

In the spirit of disclosure, I must admit I have been both the victim and reporter of domestic violence.

Samantha P.

There is NEVER any excuse to hit a woman.  Until men start speaking out against violence against women, other men will continue to think it's ok.

For anyone who says, "Why doesn't she just leave?"

Statistically, the 6 months following a woman leaving an abusive relationship are the most dangerous.  A woman is 10 times more likely to be killed by her abusive partner in the 6 months after she leaves the relationship than at ANY time during the relationship.  The primary reason for her stayng is fear, whether or not she has children.  In my Women's Studies class, we heard about a case where I woman took her 5 children and moved out of her abusive husband's house.  She got an apartment and a job in another town, and supported her family for months.  On what would have been their 15th wedding anniversary, she recieved a call from her ex at work saying he had left 5 anniversary gifts for her at her apartment.  He had brutally murdered all of their children to get back at her for leaving him.  A mother's job is to protect her children, and unfortunately, unless she has somewhere safe to go and people to help her, the safest place may be with the abuser.

I asked my proffessor how a woman knows when she is really out of an abusive relationship, and she said experts will say when there has been no contact for 1-2 years, you are out and safe, but the real answer, in her experience from working in shelters, as a proffessor of Women's Studies, and in her research, is that you never really know.

Take the time to look up Silent Witness programs in your area.  Get involved, ESPECIALLY men.  Be proactive, not reactive, to domestic violence.

cocoon4007

There are many reasons an abused woman stays. The leading being she "loves him." Abusers are portrayed as "monsters" but many of them have a side that is charming, fun, and promising. I know. Been there, done that. It is a cycle that has to be broke. Abuse from either side is NOT acceptable. Many times a woman is scared of what he will do to her, her kids, her family. Many hold on to the hope he will change. Many are co-dependent on him and the relationship. Some make it up to get him in trouble. There are many different variables here. All I can say is if you are being abused Safe Harbor is in Sandusky and Norwalk and have meetings that can help. They can help you out of the situation immediately or the meetings can help you see what is going on, help you get strength to set boundaries, and make life better for you. It is not about him (or her).....it is about YOU!