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Milwaukee man gets 9 months prison for hurting, running over and dragging woman

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man will spend nine months in prison for hurting a woman in a bar fight, running over her with his SUV, and dragging her for 40 feet.  

36-year-old Kenneth Smith Jr. was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison -- but only nine months were added to an existing prison term for violating a probation in a drug-related case. His new release date is early in 2017.  

Prosecutors said Nikki Brown and her fiancee got into a fight with Smith in a north side bar in 2010. They took the fight outside, where Smith ran over the woman and dragged her -- causing numerous fractures and eye and facial injuries.  

Brown said Milwaukee Police refused to investigate, so she complained to the city's Fire and Police Commission. Two officers were later suspended for six days for not adequately investigating.  

Smith was charged after that, after Brown investigated on her own and tracked the suspect down. He struck a plea deal, and was convicted of aggravated battery. A more severe hit-and-run injury charge was dropped.  

Smith was also ordered to pay $37,000 in restitution -- and another hearing will determine if he must pay for Brown's out of pocket medical costs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)