Philemon Chavis was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday for nearly killing his wife in a brutal attack on March 13.
Chavis slammed Karen Chavis’ head into concrete, punched her, choked her until she lost consciousness and doused her with bleach. He then tied his wife up inside a car and forced her to ask for $100,000 ransom from her parents or he would kill her.
At Thursday’s sentencing, Karen Chavis said her husband was a “runaway freight train speeding down a hill with no brakes.”
On Thursday, Karen Chavis appeared in Albany County Court with a crowd of family and friends. Her victim impact statement offered kind, at times forgiving, words to her former husband before he was sentenced by acting Supreme Court Justice Dan Lamont.
She made it clear she believes Chavis descended down a dark path amid stresses — and made the wrong friends.
“You admit now that you knew you were doing wrong and that it made you angry at yourself,” she told Chavis,according to transcripts. “I understand that. But I truly believe that at the same time you loved the lifestyle you were leading. You liked being someone people looked up to and I understand how your anger at yourself just exacerbated your frustrations until you became like a runaway freight train speeding down a hill with no brakes.
“Something dramatic had to happen as you sped toward an inevitable disaster. But I never imagined the disaster that happened on March 13.”
Facing charges of kidnapping, strangulation, coercion and attempted murder, Philemon Chavis in June pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.
Karen Chavis suffered bleeding on the brain, two broken ribs, a collapsed lung, cracked teeth and other injuries.
Following his arrest, Chavis told police he felt “bad and embarrassed” but he claimed it was Karen Chavis who provoked him.
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