Man accused of hitting girlfriend with footwear
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
February 22, 2013
A Walkerville, Mont., man faces a charge of battering a household member after he allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face with footwear.
Gerald Finley, 46, is accused of getting in an argument with his girlfriend of eight months last weekend and hitting her with a shoe and a boot.
Police arrested him Sunday after the woman’s parents reported seeing their daughter with a bruised and swollen face.
When an officer arrived at the Jack-son hotel the group was staying at, he found the alleged victim in Finley’s room. She had watery red eyes, a swollen face and red marks on her right cheek, court files said.
She told the officer Finley threatened her, then hit her with one of his shoes and one of his boots.
Court files do not say what the couple allegedly argued about, nor how Finley threatened his girlfriend.
When asked about the woman’s injuries, Finley told the officer he was “too drunk” to remember anything over the past several hours, court files state.
At the Teton County Jail, Finley’s blood alcohol level was 0.177, according to court files.
At Finley’s initial appearance in 9th Circuit Court on Monday, Judge James Radda required him to post a $1,000 unsecured bond to get out of jail. As of Thursday afternoon, Finley had yet to post bail.
When he gets out, Finley must get a domestic violence assessment, take portable breath tests every morning and have no contact with the girlfriend.
Battery of a household member is a misdemeanor in Wyoming, with a maximum possible sentence of six months in jail and a $750 fine.
Finley’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 18, when Radda will set the rest of his trial dates.