Man Gets 10-Year Prison Term For 6-Hour Assault Of Girlfriend — (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

SSRI Ed note: Man on Prozac beats up girldriend for 6 hours, pleads guilty of attempted murder, judge refuses to consider Prozac a factor in leniency of sentencing.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

P-I Staff and News Services

7 June 1991

Raymond Stokes, who pleaded guilty two months ago to a charge of attempted murder for the six-hour assault of his girlfriend, asked for leniency and blamed the attack on anti-depressant medication. King County Superior Judge Anthony Wartnik Wednesday rejected Stokes’ claim and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, the maximum allowed.

The White Center man claimed that fluoxetine, known as Prozac, caused him to severely beat Joyce Terry.

Terry was strangled, had her wrists and arms cut and nearly all her hair pulled out during the March 30 assault in the apartment she shared with Stokes.

Wartnik said there is no medical evidence that Prozac causes violent behavior. bt/pm sentence assault