Cop who tased girlfriend’s face might not do time

By David Edwards
Friday, December 11, 2009 12:08 EDT
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A former Texas police officer who used a taser on his girlfriend during a fight is expected to get a plea deal that would keep him out of prison, KXXV reported Thursday. Oly Ivy was charged with aggravated assault after he shocked his live-in girlfriend, Amanda Juaraz, twice in the stomach and once in the face. If the judge accepts the plea deal, Ivy will received one year of probation and anger management classes.

KXXV has more details:

Amanda Juarez was attacked with a Taser in early April. She said she and Oly Ivy had been fighting when he shocked her with a Taser in the stomach, then twice more in the face.

“I could feel him continuously pulling the trigger,” Juarez said in her first interview since the incident, given exclusively to News Channel 25. “It felt like forever and all I felt excruciating pain, and I couldn’t move. All I could do was scream and cry and beg for him to stop.”

Friday the Leon County District Attorney Whitney Smith said Ivy will be offered a plea deal that would mean no prison time if he followed the rules of a two year probation period.

The deal does not sit well with Juarez.

“I’m upset he’s not going to prison,” she said.

But Smith said Ivy’s deal has many strings attached and if he violates the conditions of his probation he could face up to a year in prison.

If the Leon County Judge accepts the deal Ivy would receive a one year probated jail sentence. He will have to surrender his peace officer license, take an anger management class, be checked for substance abuse, enroll in a battery intervention and prevention program, pay a $1,000 fine, do 80 hours community service, and he would not be allowed to make contact with Juarez or his daughter for two years. A similar offense down the road would also garner Ivy a mandatory felony charge.

Ivy originally faced aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.

“He used deadly force and I thought the charge should have stuck,” Juarez said.

This video is from KXXV, broadcast Dec. 10, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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