Joseph Lee Kary

Joseph Lee Kary

Joseph Lee Kary, 43, of Arnold has been sentenced to seven years in prison for assaulting his live-in girlfriend, according to court documents.

Kary, who also has lived in Imperial and Pevely, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree domestic assault, and on Aug. 7, Jefferson County Div. 1 Circuit Judge Joseph Alfred Rathert sentenced him to seven years in prison, court documents show.

Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney Tavis D. Partney handled the case.

In October 2017, Kary assaulted the woman at their home on Heathercrest Road in Pevely. He hit the woman in the face with his fists and in the head with a 24-inch adjustable crescent wrench, leaving her with a laceration on her head that required 9 staples to close. She also had a broken nose, a cut on her leg and contusions on her face and arms, the probable-cause statement in the case said.

When police arrived on the scene, Kary was pacing outside the home, and officers said they could smell alcohol on Kary’s breath. He had cuts on his hands and one near his right eye. There also was dried blood on Kary’s arms, the report said.

The victim was being treated by ambulance personnel when police arrived, and then she was transported to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Kary’s children were in the home during the assault and, told authorities Kary said, “I’m going to kill her,” while carrying a wrench. They told police they heard loud noises in the bedroom before the victim ran out of the room with injuries, according to the report.

Police found a silver 24-inch adjustable crescent wrench in the bathroom next to the bedroom, and there was blood on the handle, the report said.

Kary previously served jail time after pleading guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance stemming from a 2015 incident in Jefferson County, court records said.

He currently is in the Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City.

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