Gulfport man sentenced to 15 years for aggravated assault

A Gulfport man will serve 15 years for domestic violence — aggravated assault after he pleaded guilty this week.

District Attorney W. Crosby Parker said in a press release that Scott Edward Heavner , 34, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Christopher Schmidt on Friday. Schmidt sentenced him to 15 years, 8 suspended, followed by 3 years post-release supervision.

Heavner was charged after officers responded to a 911 call in September 2019. The victim was suffering from injuries including broken bones to the face, which required surgery. The victim told police that Heavner had been drinking, became upset, and struck her multiple times with a closed fist. He also would not allow her to leave and destroyed her cell phone.

The victim was able to escape to a neighbor’s house, where she called 911.

“There are times when victims of domestic violence are afraid to come forward. I commend the victim for calling 911 and for the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department’s quick response. These actions help ensure this defendant would be held accountable,” Parker said.

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