Texas man pleads guilty to assaulting pregnant girlfriend

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man who prosecutors say beat his pregnant girlfriend to the point she lost her baby will not serve time in prison.

Johnny Charles Ebbs V accepted a plea deal with 8 years deferred adjudication for 3rd degree protracted domestic violence.

According to an arrest warrant, Ebbs assaulted his pregnant girlfriend, LaShonda Lemons, during a verbal altercation in 2019.

The warrant says Ebbs punched her in the stomach and yelled “Well… you and that baby! You’re not going anywhere!’

Lemons said she went to the hospital three days later and was told the baby had died. The doctor indicated there was a “placental abruption,” meaning the placenta had separated from the womb, according to the affidavit. This can be caused by blunt force trauma.

Lemons spoke directly to Ebbs in court Monday during her victim impact statement.

Lemons was 32 weeks pregnant with a son she said she named Charles.

“You were the first person to have me in the crosshairs. The first person to strangle me,” Lemons said.

Lemons’ attorney, Kelsey McKay, said Ebbs was required by both the bond and the negotiated protective order to forfeit his weapons. But still, to this day, McKay said that never happened.

“We have firearms transfer laws. We have domestic violence laws. But if there is no enforcement and enforcement of these laws, they are relatively useless,” McKay said.

As part of the plea deal, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office required Ebbs to swear in court that he does not have guns and will not live in a house with them.

McKay said that based on the terms of the agreement, Ebbs will serve no jail time and will wear a GPS monitor for 6 months.

It’s a decision, according to domestic violence advocate Connie Huntsman Stogner, that doesn’t serve justice.

“I am very concerned that the sentence does not lead to safety for the survivor and the community,” Stogner said.

KXAN reached out to the DA’s office for comment, but was told a statement was not available.

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