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Woman convicted, sentenced in attack on mother

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

A Stafford woman was sentenced to four months in jail Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court after she entered Alford pleas to unlawful wounding and abduction by force or intimidation in a case involving a domestic dispute with her mother.

An Alford plea allows a defendant to acknowledge the prosecution has enough evidence to convict her without admitting guilt.

Denise Marie Breeden, 33, was already serving 18 months in Stafford County on three other charges related to domestic violence against one of her children. The sentence for the Warren County offenses brings her total sentence to be served to 22 months.

Judge Dennis L. Hupp initially imposed a total sentence of four years in Warren County, but suspended all but four months. He also sentenced Breeden to two years probation.

After learning of Breeden's history of offenses arising from family disputes, Hupp suggested she consider taking a class in anger management.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Layton told Hupp that Breeden attacked her mother, Livinia Couch, 61, at Couch's home at 274 Granny Smith Road on Dec. 6. A dispute over child custody led to the confrontation, according to court documents.

Couch "ended up on the ground" and Breeden repeatedly stomped on her chest, Layton said.

After Couch tried escaped briefly from the house, Breeden pulled her back into the house for "further physical altercation," Layton said.

Breeden's attorney, Margarita Wood, said after the hearing that her client's three convictions in Stafford County - assault and battery, violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct - stemmed from a confrontation Breeden had with her 16-year-old daughter.

Nevertheless, Wood told Hupp that Breeden's three school-age children were honor roll students and that reflected well on her client.

"She really is involved in the life of her children," Wood said of Breeden.

Wood asked Hupp to make the Warren County sentence concurrent with the Stafford County sentence. She also cited Breeden's declining health from multiple sclerosis
as another reason for a concurrent sentence.

Layton said the charges were too serious to deserve such leniency.

The convictions in Stafford County were "beyond mere assault and battery" Layton said.

"Based on the situation, this is an appropriate sentence, he added.


Hmmm...........declining health due to MS but she is strong enough to beat her mother and be convicted of domestic violence of her daughter.

Family fights can definately get out of control! & I personally knw how out of control a teenager can b & period u can not touch ur kids these days even if they assault u first or call u horrible names!! So when I try 2 discipline ur children it usually does end up w the parent looking as if they really abuse their kids when in reality the police & the school system e making r kids into bullies against their own parents & taking our rights away! Idk the particulars n Ms Breedens case but Im gonna guess it wasn't THAT bad!

Now now be careful, someone might think you are speculating or becoming part of an execution making such comments.

Better be safe and just claim to be PRAYING.

Violence is the American way. Watch TV and get some pointer - it's on 24/7.

I will speculate that decisions like this are why we have so many criminals. If someone is physically healthy enough to cause harm to not only their child, but their parent as well, they should do the time earned. I will also speculate that a mental evaluation is in order.

MOREOVER, I will speculate that the intentional desecration of basic english in conversation not on a cell phone is a pretty good sign of ignorance.

Seems like with Diana's constant pessism.....we could all pray for her.

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