A Berkeley County man who severely beat a woman was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday, according to the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Anthony Wayne Moody, of Harristown Road in St. Stephen, was arrested in September and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He had been convicted of domestic violence several times before, according to the prosecution.

The woman testified that she had recently split up with Moody because he had beaten her many times before, although she had never reported it. Moody saw her at a bar and persuaded her to let him come home with her. He became enraged when he looked at her phone and saw she had been texting another man. He pushed her into a bathtub and severely beat her in the face, fracturing some bones.

Circuit Judge Roger Young sentenced Moody to 10 years suspended to three years, followed by five years of probation.

Assistant Solicitors Charles Condon Jr. and Michael Patterson prosecuted the case.

South Carolina consistently leads the nation in domestic-violence deaths. Legislative efforts have begun to change that, following The Post and Courier's Till death do us part series.

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