BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man must serve a year in prison for throwing a porcelain bowl at a woman's head, leaving her with a gash that needed more than 200 stitches.
Nathan Anton Napolitano, 29, got into an argument with his girlfriend at their High Street apartment in the summer of 2012. She had just come home and Napolitano confronted her about her whereabouts, according to court records.
Then he threw the bowl at her head. Her cheekbone fractured and she suffered a bloody slice wound from her hairline to her right temple. Shards of porcelain were buried under her skin.
She reported the crime the next day. Napolitano was caught three months later in Montana. He pleaded guilty to felony assault last week.
He had past domestic violence convictions for violating no-contact orders and beating another ex-girlfriend. In 2006, he grabbed a woman around the waist so hard that he fractured her rib. At first she told the doctor that she hurt herself in a snowboarding accident, but several months later, after a string of abuse documented in court records, she came forward to police.
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