Man sentenced to 7 years for beating


A Fostoria man was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday afternoon for beating his live-in girlfriend.

Travis L. Dauterman, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; two counts of abduction, third-degree felonies; and domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced him to seven years in prison, with credit for 182 days served, and ordered him to pay nearly $7,000 in restitution.

Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said Dauterman severely and brutally beat his live-in girlfriend, and she escaped when he fell asleep. The victim believes he was trying to kill her in the incident, Kiser said.

One of the abduction charges was for strangulation, and one was for preventing her from leaving the residence several times, Kiser said.

The victim addressed Kelbley before Dauterman was sentenced.

She said she was with Dauterman for two years, and they had gotten engaged. She said that other than the night of the beating, he never hit her.

The woman said she didn’t think Dauterman needed to sit for years in a prison.

“There’s a lot of hate throughout that process,” she said.

Alex Smith, Dauterman’s attorney, said Dauterman was not asking to go home.

“Wounds are (going to) have to heal,” he said.