A New Iberia man was sent to prison for 30 years last week, after he was convicted for the third time of beating his significant other.
Colby Kinsey, 36, was sentenced to 30 years at hard labor by Judge Gregory Aucoin after a repeat offender sentencing hearing last week.
Kinsey was convicted in February 2018 of aggravated second-degree battery, domestic abuse strangulation, second degree battery and aggravated battery. He was found guilty of beating a woman and holding her captive over several days. During that time, he beat her with a shovel and a pipe, strangled her and burned her with cigarettes, according to prosecutors. She eventually escaped and ran to a nearby store, where she called for help.
Kinsey had two other convictions, one for first-offense domestic abuse battery and one for attempted second-degree feticide. In the latter case, he beat an ex-girlfriend who was pregnant at the time.
The woman Kinsey assaulted in the most recent case testified at his sentencing hearing, with the support of Chez Hope.
“Be a survivor. Stand up and face your abuser and show them they no longer have control over you,” the woman said.
The case was investigated by Deputy Roland Leger of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Alister Charrier.