Zachery Gross, 31, of Boone County West Virginia was sentenced for first degree assault on Wednesday for scalping his girlfriend and then sicked his pit bull on her.
The incident occurred in September 2015 to then girlfriend Marilyn Stanley, who had to undergo six surgeries and suffered permanent nerve damage on her head.
Gross did not plead guilty and maintained that all the damage was done by his dog, Capone, without him being involved.
‘For her injuries — I feel horrible for what happened. I don’t feel responsible. I maintain my innocence. It is what it is. I’m not asking for your mercy. Just give me the 20. I don’t need a lecture’. – Gross to the Judge before being dealt the 20 year sentence.
The Daily Mail reported:
She remained silent during the hearing, but in an interview outside the courthouse, she talked briefly about the trauma she had endured.
She cannot regrow the hair on top of her head, and has to constantly wear a wool knit cap.
‘In anything he has said throughout this entire process, he hasn’t had any remorse for me,’ she said.
She has no memory of the scalping, which severed an artery, and prosecutors said that it was likely she lost consciousness due to the trauma and blood loss.
A trauma surgeon testified during the trial that linear cuts to her head were consistent with the use of a sharp knife.