- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man convicted of attacking his girlfriend so violently that she pretended to play dead so he’d stop will spend 12 to 24 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Bartholomew Palumbo didn’t apologize at Thursday’s sentencing in Northampton County, insisting he’s wrongly accused.

The (Allentown) Morning Call (https://bit.ly/28Ukebv ) says Palumbo’s friends and family insisted he’s gentle and wouldn’t do such a thing. But sentencing Judge Craig Dally said the “elephant in the room” is Palumbo’s conviction last month on attempted murder and other charges.

Palumbo had testified his girlfriend attacked him last summer in Bethlehem. But she testified he punched her, dragged her by the hair and threw her down some basement steps. That’s when she faked a seizure and tried to make it appear she stopped breathing.

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