Circuit Judge James Mazzone Thursday sentenced Heyward Bazar to a maximum sentence of one year in jail for misdemeanor battery.
The sentence came one week after an Ohio County jury deliberated for 11 minutes last week before finding Bazar guilty of beating his girlfriend after they returned home from Wheeling's Fantasy in Lights parade.
The verdict reflects the lowest included offense in the original felony of malicious assault.
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Heyward Bazar, right, is accompanied by his defense attorney, Richard Hollandsworth.
During last week's trial, Assistant prosecutor Gail Kahle drew testimony from two of Bazar's neighbors at 716 Main St., from an Ohio Valley Medical Center emergency room nurse who treated the victim and from police officers who responded to the scene.
Kahle presented evidence that Bazar punched her, causing facial and head wounds.
The neighbors said they opened the door to the room shared by Bazar and his girlfriend after hearing a commotion and saw Bazar holding her by the hair.
Defense attorney Richard Hollandsworth argued the two were engaged in an argument that escalated in a physical confrontation leading to the victim striking her head on the door frame of their neighbor's house.
Police who responded to the call said they found blood outside of the couple's room and found the victim bleeding from the head.
She told the officers that Bazar had beaten her.