By: Melina Matthes
OMAHA (kptm) - Another violent criminal released early from prison because of the Good Time law. Now a domestic violence victim is taking a stand. She says city prosecutors described her attack as the worst beating they've seen in years. She's shocked her ex was released early.
The vigil will take place on the steps of the Douglas county courthouse. The victims want change within our judicial system. One woman, who Fox 42 News spoke with, was beaten by her ex-husband repeatedly. He was in prison for a short time but released years earlier than she'd planned. "He strangled me and stomped on my face and punched me in the face in front of our three kids who were completely helpless to the situation, a year and 9 months later he's getting out," Heather Duhachek said.
Timothy Moody was facing 14 years behind bars for beating Duhachek. "When I knew I was in trouble was when I looked up and saw the bottom of his shoe above my face and I just thought to myself, oh my god, he's going to stomp on my face."
Moody was sentenced to only 6 years, but was released early in July under the good time law. More than 4 years sooner than she expected. "It was just the gray bottom of a tennis shoe above my eye and I just shut my eye as tight as I could and I turned my head to the side and I could see my daughter, my five year old standing there and as she's standing there and her dad is stomping on my face she's just got tears rolling down her face."
Duhachek says the attack affected her children severely. "Mommy was on the ground and daddy was on top of her, he was holding her really, very bad. I heard her crying, he wouldn't stop," her daughter said.
Now Duhachek is taking a stand against domestic violence and the Good Time law. To make sure her children don't fall victim to the cycle. "It was easy to see what domestic violence can do cause I saw it going from one extreme to the next and my son was on a path to what I felt like would put him as an abuser. He was trying to threaten me and he was grabbing knives out of the cupboard and coming after other kids and he was strangling other kids and couldn't be left alone with people and it was just like this is where the cycle starts."
The victims encourage everyone to come out to the event on Tuesday night. They're asking people to light a candle to show their support for those affected by domestic violence.
The vigil begins at 6:30 Tuesday evening on the steps of the courthouse. That's located at 17th and Farnam.
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