Marietta man to serve 5 years after beating pregnant girlfriend
by Emily Boorstein
July 09, 2014 05:00 PM | 3513 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dahlen Green Musgrove
Dahlen Green Musgrove
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MARIETTA — A Marietta man will spend five years in prison after being convicted late Tuesday of beating his pregnant girlfriend, then writing her a letter from jail.

Dahlen Green Musgrove, 24, was arrested in July 2013 on battery charges against the woman, who was eight months pregnant, according to Kim Isaza, spokesperson for Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds.

After his arrest, the woman received a protective order prohibiting Musgrove from having any contact with her. Isaza said Musgrove wrote to the woman from jail in January, asking her to drop the charges against him.

“This is a case about control, then violence, then harassment,” Assistant District Attorney Courtney Mays said. “She lived through repeated violence and harassment because he wanted to control her.”

The woman has since had the child, who was fathered by Musgrove, Isaza said.

A jury convicted Musgrove of family violence battery and aggravated stalking Tuesday night. He was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years, with five years to serve in prison and the rest on probation. Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green, who heard the case, also issued the woman a permanent protective order against Musgrove.

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July 10, 2014
So can someone in the media do their job and tell us how a letter asking to drop the charges somehow fell into the doctrine of "true threats" or even "unlawful advocacy" to satisfy the language of the stalking statutes? This is extremely disturbing if all there was to the stalking charge was truly just a letter asking her to drop the charges. Does anyone have a copy of the letter he sent? hint, do some reporting mdj.

The battery (pregant) misdemeanor charge was quite gruesome according to the warrant, but misdemeanors only carry a year-typically they max at 6 months jail time. The stalking statutes can carry up to 10 years, and all it is reported to be is a document asking her to drop the charges. Hopefully, I am not the only one to find this preposterous.
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July 13, 2014
I dont know how they could even consider it being called stalking. It was a letter concerning the charges. I saw the letter. Ive also talked to the girl. She regrets everything and didnt even want to go to court. She wants him out so he could be father to his child.
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