New York’s first African-American Governor, David Patterson, got some bad news over the weekend–his stepdaughter, Ashley Dennis, was arrested for felony assault.

Apparently, 23-year-old Dennis and her 30-year-old boyfriend Brian McGuinness, were involved in a domestic disturbance when she claims he started choking her. Dennis then allegedly hit her boyfriend over the head repeatedly with a bottle, knocked him down, and slammed his leg into the door until he lost consciousness.

Witnesses in the couple’s apartment building said they heard smashing glass and McGuinness screaming for help. Marie C., a neighbor, told NBC: “He wasn’t moving. He had two shoes on top of him like she kicked him out of the apartment and threw the shoes.”

They also found blood on the door handle and “all over the hallway” and a neighbor said she thought someone had been murdered.

Despite the beating, McGuinness only ended up with three stitches and was arrested for misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing. Dennis was arraigned Saturday night on felony assault and released on her own recognizance.

While it’s unclear if McGuinness did in fact choke Dennis, one thing is clear: domestic violence is never the answer.  But if he did choke her, McGuinness will think twice before he lays a hand on her again.

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