New Law Aimed at Stopping Domestic Violence - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

New Law Aimed at Stopping Domestic Violence



    David Daniel Duff will spend the next 60 years in prison after shooting his wife, Samantha Duff in both legs.

    After decades in a struggling marriage, Samantha Duff left her husband in the middle of the night while David was sleeping. 

    Samantha lived with relatives for months before her husband received divorce papers and tracked her down. David found his wife riding in a car with her cousin, then rammed his jeep into her car and then shot her in each leg one time, before aiming the gun at her head.

    Samantha's cousin ran out of the car and called her husband who came and used his own gun to talk Danny into tossing his gun. Police officers arrested Duff and he plead guilty to aggravated assault.

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    The entire incident was recorded on a chilling 911 call where listeners can hear Samantha Duff screaming for help.

    Thanks to a new law, anyone using a deadly weapon, inflicting serious bodily harm on a family member, or committing dangerous family violence will get more jail time.

    Duff's sentence was increased from the charge's usual 20 years to 60 years in prison, with parole availble after serving 30 years.

    Parker County Assistant District Attorney, Jeff Swain says this is the first time the law has been applied to a case in his county, and hopes to see aggravated domestic violence in the home decrease because of the tougher sentencing.

    As for Samantha, who spent decades in fear, justice is served.  She just wants other women to learn from her story and find help if they are in an abusive relationship.

    "The one thing that  I wish that someone would learn from my mistakes, I wish that I hadn't stayed as long as I had stayed. It's not going to get better, it's just going to get worst," said Duff.