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York Co. man, 56, sentenced in domestic assault case

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County man was sentenced to 3-years-10-months to 8 years in state prison after being convicted of assaulting, threatening and intimidating his estranged wife. That prison sentence is followed by six years of probationary supervision. He was also forbidden from having contact with the victim's family.

The Attorney General's office referred to this case as "unusual" insofar that the assault victim died before the trial from an illness unrelated to the case, forcing prosecutors to pursue a conviction without her testimony.

In January of 2012, Ronald Davis Sr., 56, was living with his estranged wife in the 1600 block of Rainbow Circle in West Manchester Township. He was arrested on Jan. 16, 2012, and charged with assaulting his wife.

Investigators found that while Davis was behind bars in York County Prison, he called the victim from jail and threatened to assault the victim in an attempt to get her to drop the charges.

Following Davis's jury trial in March of 2013, Davis was convicted of two counts of intimidation of a witness or victim, one count of simple assault, one count of criminal conspiracy to intimidate.

The victim's sister was present at the sentencing. "My biggest fear is that he will do this to another woman," she said. Another family member said that even while the victim was in the hospital, she feared her attacker.

Davis also gave a statement. "I haven't shown any remorse. It's not that I didn't love her. I just really haven't accepted that she's gone."

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