Fri, Mar 1, 2013
A New Orleans man was convicted of battery for pouring boiling grits on his wife, then hitting her in the head with the pot according to the Times Picayunne.
Arthur Porter, 42, was found guilty of aggravated second-degree battery, for the grits, and simple battery, for the beating with the pot.
The wife suffered severe burns.
The couple got into a fight in October 2011. He took the pot of boiling, scalding-hot grits and poured it on his wife, then used the pot to hit her on the head.
The wife declined to cooperate with the District Attorney and refused to testify against her husband at his trial this week.
The District Attorney pursued the charges — aggravated battery and aggravated second-degree battery — without her cooperation.
Late Wednesday, an Orleans Parish jury found Porter guilty as charged of aggravated second-degree battery on one count and guilty of the reduced charge of simple battery for the other.
The more serious charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Simple battery is a misdemeanor and carries up to six months in the parish jail. But Porter could be considered a multiple felony offender.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in 1996, and also has several misdemeanor drug charges on his record.
If he’s found guilty as a second-time felon, he would be facing a minimum of seven and a half years in prison.
Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier will sentence Porter at a later hearing.