On February 4, 2014 a Montgomery County Jury handed down a guilty verdict and assessed a sentence of 25 years in prison Christopher Neal Cormier on the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Family Member Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Assistant District Attorney Joel Daniels presented evidence to the jury that Mr. Cormier pointed a 40 caliber Glock pistol a his wife Lisa Cormier and the weapon discharged, striking her in her face near her left eye. The State also presented expert testimony that the weapon was in good condition and functioning properly. Physicians who treated Ms. Cormier testified that the bullet entered the left side of her brain and exited out the back of her head. Ms. Cormier survived the assault and testified that she recalled Mr. Cormier “cocking” the gun before pointing it at her and that her two children were in the house when the assault occurred. Mr. Cormier testified that he thought that the gun was not loaded and that his intention was to threaten Ms. Cormier or to commit suicide rather than to injure Ms. Cormier.
In the sentencing phase of the trial the defense pointed to Mr. Cormier’s lack of criminal history and other alleged mitigating factors in arguing that Mr. Cormier should receive probation or a light sentence as punishment for the crime. The State responded by arguing that Mr. Cormier had almost killed his wife and had forever altered the lives of his two children through his acts and argued for a lengthy prison term for the defendant.
“It’s a miracle that Ms. Cormier survived this horrific assault,” stated District Attorney Brett Ligon. “Combating domestic violence continues to be a priority of this office, and with this sentence, the jury spoke loudly that this type of violence in the home cannot and will not be tolerated. Ms. Cormier and her children are safe now, and Mr. Cormier is headed to prison where he belongs.”