Greensburg man pleads guilty to attacking estranged wife with tire iron
By Renatta Signorini
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Greensburg man accused of beating his estranged wife with a tire iron will spend up to 20 years in a state prison.
Robert Allen Emerick, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Monday and was sentenced by Judge John E. Blahovec, avoiding a trial that had been set to begin this week.
Attempted homicide charges were dismissed.
Sentenced to 10 to 20 years, Emerick was ordered to pay $2,630 in restitution and have no contact with the victim of the brutal early-morning attack on Dec. 9.
The woman testified during a preliminary hearing less than two weeks later that Emerick beat her repeatedly with a tire iron.
“‘I hate you. I want you to die. I hate you,'” he said repeatedly during the beating, according to the victim's testimony.
The woman estimated that Emerick struck her at least 30 times on the head, arms, legs and back in the Willow Avenue home they once shared in Greensburg.
She suffered multiple facial fractures, including broken orbital bones, contusions and a broken foot, according to her testimony.
The woman testified that after a night out, she was lying on her couch talking on the phone with a friend at about 3:20 a.m. on Dec. 9 when Emerick came in. The woman said she immediately called 911 and the emergency dispatcher was still on the line while Emerick attacked her.
Emerick fled, and the woman said she managed to retrieve her phone.
He has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bail since his arrest on Dec. 9 and was given credit for time served.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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