A 57-year-old Huron man is behind bars for brutally beating a woman and threatening to gouge out her eyes.
Michael Barrett returned to prison late last week, where he will remain for almost five years, following a plea arrangement with the Erie County prosecutor's office.
Barrett pleaded guilty to felonious assault and disrupting public service, county prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.
An Erie County Common Pleas Judge sentenced Barrett to four years in prison for the felonious assault conviction and another 11 months for the disrupting public service conviction.
"I thought it was a fair and desired sentence," Baxter said. "He had abused and seriously injured the victim."
Barrett has already enjoyed multiple stays behind bars for violent crimes against women and men.
"There were other victims, too, who were too fearful to come forward," Baxter said.
The victim of the most recent vicious assault, Nikki Sheffield, was anxious to get the incident behind her and has since moved out of state, Baxter said.
Sheffield suffered cuts and bruises in addition to a broken nose during the attack earlier this year.
Barrett and Sheffield had been involved in a romantic relationship that went sour, but the two continued living in her Huron residence for some time.
Barrett, who was drinking against Sheffield's wishes in her house, went on a rampage, brutally beating her and threatening to gouge her eyes out as he tried to "stick his fingers into my eye," Sheffield said at the time.
Barrett also allegedly threatened to kill her as he brandished a knife.
"I thought I was a goner," she said.
At one point during the attack, Barrett pulled the telephone out of the wall to prevent her from calling for help, which resulted in the disrupting public service charge.
Sheffield was able to use her cell phone to finally call police, who then arrested Barrett a short time later.
During an interview earlier this year with Sheffield, she referred to Barrett as a "bully."
Sheffield was very frightened of Barrett, one of the things that spurred the courts to keep him in the Erie County jail while court proceedings were pending, Baxter said.