Clay County Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Thompson:
"This verdict sends a clear message that Clay County will hold perpetrators of abuse accountable no matter who they are without fear or favor. It is because of the courage of this victim that we are here today. This woman was brutally assaulted and suffered significant physical injury. She was then subjected to emotional and psychological manipulation and control by her abuser. Despite this, she bravely spoke up and fought for the justice she deserves. She endured victim blaming and public maligning in the pursuit of truth. We hope today’s verdict can finally bring her peace and closure."
[EXCERPTS] A Clay County jury found former Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson guilty Tuesday of felony first-degree domestic assault. The guilty verdict for the 53-year-old came in relation to a case involving Hallgrimson and the abuse of his ex-wife in 2020. Hallgrimson was sentenced to probation in 2021 after beating a man who tried to drown his own baby in 2018... A sentencing hearing for the domestic abuse case has been set for Oct. 20, 2023. [LINK]
Note: I love reading the prosecutor's words and at the same time have to give honor here to those who spoke up and paid the price or didn't survive. There is no certain way. Props to those also who protected themselves by quietly escaping. The wife of former Greenwood Police Chief Greg Hallgrimson had opportunity, made a decision, and pushed it through. She is added to our prayers for her future safety and healing.
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