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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.(AP) A man who swung an alligator at his girlfriend
during an argument was sentenced to six months in jail.
David Havenner, 41, of Port Orange, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor
charges of battery and possession of an alligator, said Linda Pruitt,
spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office. He changed his earlier plea of
not guilty, she said Wednesday.
He was sentenced to six month in jail with 48 days credit for time served
during the Sept. 1 hearing, according to court records.
Sheriff's officials said Havenner was keeping the 3-foot gator in his
bathtub and swung it at his girlfriend, Nancy Monico, 39, during an argument
on July 16.
Monico told investigators that Havenner beat her with his fists, then
grabbed the gator and swung it at her as she tried to escape. The gator
struck Monico at least once, after which time Havenner threw empty beer
bottles at her and then kicked her out of their mobile home, she told
Havenner told investigators that Monico bit his hand because she was upset
that they had run out of alcohol.
The alligator was later released into the St. Johns River, wildlife
commission officials said.