A Steelville man faces a possible life sentence for allgedly beating up his girlfriend on January 31. Aaron Gordon Dement, 44, stands charged with class A felony domestic assault in the first degree along with the unclassified felony of armed criminal action.
Class A felonies hold a potential range of punishment of 10 years to life in prison. The armed criminal action charge holds a possible sentence of at least three years without eligibility for parole, probation, conditional release, or suspended imposition of sentence for three years.
According to the probable cause statement on file in the case, law enforcement was called on a report of an assault with a knife currently in progress. When police arrived at Dement’s apartment, he stated he had been in a physical altercation with his girlfriend. Police noted blood on the front door and Dement reported that was probably because she had tried to force entry into the residence. However, there were no signs of that. Dement further reported that his girlfriend had pulled a knife on him and threatened to stab him and that he had attempted to defend himself with a piece of metal from the bottom of the door jamb.
Finley was located walking along Highway 8 in her pajamas, carrying her belongings and she told police a different story. Her account agreed with Dement’s in that there was an argument, but she stated that he began hitting her during it. She was afraid he was going to kill her, so she grabbed a pocketknife, which he took from her. She stated he then grabbed a piece of metal and began to hit her with it. She was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital for treatment of numerous contusions and lacerations.