Tuesday morning, David Bradley Godwin pleaded guilty to Domestic Violence by Strangulation in front of Circuit Judge Lex Short.
Godwin’s guilty plea marks the first conviction in Covington County for the statute, which was enacted by the Alabama Legislature and put into effect on September 1, 2011.
The statute provides for the prosecution of a person who commits domestic violence against their victim in the form of strangulation or suffocation.
District Attorney Walt Merrell stated after Godwin’s plea that, "this is a landmark for Covington County. Women have suffered too long at the hands of abusive men, and until the passage of this law, they suffered at the hands of a legal system that failed them due to this loop hole. No more. Women deserve equal rights under the law and we are going to give them equal protection in the courtroom."
Godwin was sentenced to twenty years in prison.