Photo: Morgan Raymond Ast
EL DORADO – Morgan Raymond Ast was recently sentenced in connection to the severe beating he inflicted on a woman on July 7, 2018.
On that evening, Ast and his fiancee were in a verbal argument about his previous promise to his fiancee that he would stop drinking.
The verbal argument became physical as Ast “punched her in the face repeatedly.” The victim left the apartment, hoping to calm Ast down.
She returned, they went to bed, and the argument resumed. Ast got on top of the victim, punched her in the face a few more times and choked her. As he choked her he said, “If I’m going to prison, I’m going to have a good reason to go.”
This time the victim escaped and did not return. She suffered multiple fractures to her face, forehead bruises, two black eyes, and still suffers from memory loss due to the attack.
In 2013 Ast had been convicted of domestic violence with the same victim. He has spent time in state prison three times in the last 13 years.
On November 7, 2018, a jury convicted Ast of felony domestic violence and criminal threats. It included a special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.
On August 19, 209 Ast was sentenced to 24 years and 4 months in state prison.