Man found guilty of beating girlfriend

Defendant could spend 30 years in prison


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – It only took a jury one hour Friday to come up with a guilty verdict against a man accused of beating up his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife.

On March 15, a woman told police she tried to break off a relationship with Alfonso Levertes Johnson III, according to the state attorney. She said Johnson punched her and threw shoes at her, hitting her in the face.

The woman said she grabbed a kitchen knife but didn't use it. However Johnson also got a knife and poked her in the knee in front of her 8-year-old son. She said he cut her hand and took her to the hospital on the condition she wouldn't report the crime to police.

Johnson left the hospital and was later arrested at his home.

Johnson will be sentenced on March 13. He faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of 30 years.