A Michigan native avoided a felony conviction earlier this month for the brutal attack on a Leesburg woman last January.
Ronald Bunker, 64, was charged on Jan. 21 with domestic battery by strangulation and battery on person 65 or older, both felony charges, for his attack on his 65 year-old girlfriend. He pled no contest on Nov. 6 to the lesser change of domestic battery and was placed on one year’s probation. If he successfully completes probation the case will be dismissed without a conviction being entered.
The affidavit of probable cause filed at the time of the arrest last Jan. states that the woman went out to celebrate her 65th birthday with her daughter on Jan. 21. When she returned to her home on Azalea Trail in Leesburg, her live-in boyfriend of 11 years, began arguing with her. He accused her of cheating and told her to get out of the house. The woman grabbed a bowl which contained her car keys. Bunker told her “you are not taking the bowl” and pushed her down onto a chair and grabbed her throat. He held her in the chair as he pressed on her neck which caused her to blackout. When she regained consciousness she grabbed his scrotum and squeezed it so hard he screamed. She was taken to a hospital for her injuries.
Bunker was ordered to pay fines and costs in excess of $900 and to have no contact with the victim.