George County man gets 25 years for aggravated domestic violence, burglary charges

A George County man will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to beating his girlfriend, burglary and auto burglary.

Brandon Chase Tanner, 37,  pleaded guilty last week to aggravated domestic violence and the burglary charges.

Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Tanner to 20 years with 18 to serve for both the aggravated domestic violence and burglary of a dwelling charges and an additional 7 years for the auto burglary.

The aggravated domestic violence charge stemmed from an August 23, 2019 incident in which he beat his then girlfriend, Courtney Schouest, repeatedly until she was able to escape him and run to a neighbor’s house for help.

“Brandon Tanner’s savage abuse of Courtney, as well as his crime spree, have come to an end,” said District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath. “Courtney’s will to live gave her the strength to flee to a neighbor’s home, which likely saved her life. The brutal beating the defendant inflicted on her is one of the worst I have ever seen. My office continues to work tirelessly to protect the rights of victims of domestic violence.”


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