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Orange County woman calls for stricter domestic violence laws after assault

An Orange County woman is calling for tougher state laws when it comes to domestic violence after she was assaulted and threatened with a firearm.

News 12 Staff

Dec 21, 2021, 9:08 PM

Updated 882 days ago

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An Orange County woman is calling for tougher state laws when it comes to domestic violence after she was assaulted and threatened with a firearm.
Ashlee Lutz' ex-boyfriend, Steven Smith, pleaded guilty last week to gun and assault charges.
The 36-year-old Westbrookville man was charged with six counts stemming from a domestic incident at the couple's home last September.
Lutz says she's upset with the plea deal and possible two-year prison sentence.
"It's a joke what domestic violence has been charged with in this county and in the state what's being done. We're being told to report it but what's happening?" says Lutz.
A representative for the Orange County District Attorney's Office said it is recommending five years in prison but that the judge is considering a lesser sentence.
Smith's sentencing is set for March.


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