A Casper man pleaded guilty Thursday to two felonies in relation to an assault that authorities say involved the man hitting an ex-girlfriend with a wine bottle.
Daniel Burgess, 35, entered his pleas in Natrona County District Court as part of a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve four to five years in prison.
Burgess pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and battery and one count of domestic assault. Although domestic assault is typically a misdemeanor, because Burgess has been convicted of domestic violence at least twice before, the charge was upgraded to a felony.
The district attorney’s office agreed to dismiss two other charges in the case: one of misdemeanor property destruction and one of felony aggravated assault and battery.
Prosecutors say Burgess drunkenly broke a wine bottle over the woman’s head Dec. 20 as she was leaving his home. She fell to the ground, and he allegedly tried to drag her back into his house. She got up and ran to her truck. Burgess then hit the woman in the face with a rear-view mirror he ripped off her truck, prosecutors allege in court documents.
The woman told police she then “gassed it,” forcing Burgess out of the vehicle, the documents state.
Text messages between the two following the incident indicate Burgess told the woman he would stop drinking, according to the documents. After the woman said his conduct was “unfair,” he replied “WTF!? I will get you a new windshield and whatever else you need.”
“Oh, a new skull and face?” the woman replied, according to the documents.
Burgess remained in custody Thursday morning. He awaits sentencing.