Man who cut off girlfriend's nipples pleads guilty

Tony Deval Ledbetter, 45, pleaded guilty to eight charges of domestic assault Friday

Tony Deval Ledbetter, 45, pleaded guilty to eight charges of domestic assault Friday

A South Dakota man pleaded guilty Friday to eight counts of domestic assault after he snipped off his girlfriend's nipples with a pair of scissors.

Tony Deval Ledbetter, 45, and his companion were reportedly having a dispute about the state of their relationship the evening of October 11, 2016, when police say Lebnetter 'punched and slammed' the woman's head to the ground.

Ledbetter attempted to stop her from screaming and alarming neighbors of the matter by cutting off her airway with his forearm.

When that was unsuccessful, he took a blanket, stuffed it in the her mouth and sat on top of her, then proceeded to cut off her nipples with the scissors.

The victim was able to escape the scene. When she departed the house, Ledbetter phoned 911, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.

The couple was  having a dispute the evening of October 11, 2016, when police say Ledbetter 'punched and slammed' the woman's head to the ground

The couple was  having a dispute the evening of October 11, 2016, when police say Ledbetter 'punched and slammed' the woman's head to the ground

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