Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced that Philip Robert Travers, 37, of Brooklyn, was given a 20-year sentence with 10 years of active incarceration from Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Wachs yesterday on charges of second degree assault. Travers pled guilty on February 3rd, 2016.
Travers is no stranger to the justice system with a criminal record stemming back to 2003, including five additional convictions for assaulting two other female victims, and several violations of probation.
“For 13 years, Travers avoided facing the consequences of his actions, those actions that put his victims at risk and placed them in fear for years. Today he has been forced to answer to our justice system. I am pleased that Judge Wachs delivered a strong message of accountability for this repeat offender,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “Repeat domestic violence offenders, who make it a practice to batter women, have no place in our county.”
On the rainy night of October 3rd 2015, Travers pushed the victim to the ground in the area of Brookwood Road and Moore Street, causing the victim to land on her back. Traverse repeatedly punched her with closed fists in the head, causing her to black out. The victim was in fear for her life and sustained a fractured orbital bone in her right eye, two swollen black eyes, lumps on the back of her head, and bruises across her body as a result of the attack. On October 5th, Travers again assaulted the victim by attempting to strangle her. Between the October 3rd and October 5th attacks, Travers prevented the victim from leaving the home because he did not want anyone to see the injuries he had caused.
The victim stated in court that this was a “horrific, life-changing tragedy” that forced her to “remove myself from my home due to the assault” and “walk around with the injuries for several months.” She further stated that her “right eye is still fractured from the severe beating” by Travers. She continues to be under a doctor’s care and faces potential surgery to repair the fracture.
“Our office serves victims,” said Adams. “A victim should always feel safe stepping forward to share their story with the well-trained prosecutors in my office. My office is determined to hold assailants accountable and deliver justice to the victim.”
Source: AACo SAO