He beat her so badly it caused a brain injury. The judge’s sentence is a message to others.

Reagan Grant Thompson
Reagan Grant Thompson

A Vancleave man has admitted he assaulted his girlfriend badly enough to cause a traumatic brain injury.

Injuries inflicted by Reagan Grant Thompson, 48, have put the woman in a nursing home, District Attorney Office Tony Lawrence said.

Thompson assaulted the 58-year-old woman on May 23, 2016. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department investigated and arrested Thompson the same day on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.

Thompson pleaded guilty Dec. 12 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Judge Dale Harkey sentenced him Friday to the 20 years in prison, the maximum penalty for the charge.

Harkey ordered Thompson to serve 18 years followed by two years of post-release, and fined him $10,000. Harkey also ordered Thompson to pay court costs and $500 to the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

“Too often, we see incidents of domestic violence rise to a violent level and people carry with them the scars of that violence for the rest of their lives,” Lawrence said in a news release. “I hope this 18-year sentence sends a message that acts of domestic violence will not be tolerated.

ADA Bill Barrett, who prosecuted the case, said Thompson’s guilty plea kept the victim from having to go through a trial. The woman and her family are pleased with the sentence, Barrett said. will update this report as more details become available.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews