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December 3, 2013

Man gets 21/2 years for beating

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Then, as police knocked repeatedly on the door in response to the neighbor’s 911 call, Blackburn told the roommate not to answer the door.

Police eventually forced their way into the apartment and arrested Blackburn, whom they described as heavily intoxicated. The girlfriend, who at the time was feared to have suffered a miscarriage, was taken to the hospital.

Prosecutor Jessica Strasnick said yesterday that the ex-girlfriend’s main concern is that Blackburn receive treatment for his issues and stay away from her.

In addition to the 21/2-year jail term, Blackburn will spend three years on probation after his release, with conditions that include a batterer’s treatment program, alcohol and drug treatment, random tests for both, and a psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

He has also been ordered to stay away from the woman and have no contact with her.

Judge David Lowy accepted the agreement between Strasnick and defense attorney Joseph Collins yesterday but warned Blackburn that if he violates even one condition of his probation, he faces up to five more years in jail.

Blackburn has already spent about 15 months in jail, making him eligible for parole almost immediately because he’s served half of his 30-month sentence.

Blackburn had been arrested two months earlier, in July 2012, on charges stemming from another alleged assault on the same woman in June. But when the woman declined to cooperate with prosecutors, the charges were dismissed.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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