A Trafford man was released from prison late Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a physical confrontation earlier this year with his pregnant girlfriend.
Nigel Christopher Hogan, 29, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault and in a related case one charge of intimidation of a witness.
Police said that on Jan. 22, Hogan punched his girlfriend twice in the stomach during a fight that erupted shortly after she told him she was pregnant.
The woman said the couple originally fought when she was forced to miss work when Hogan used her car and did not return the vehicle until the next day.
Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Allen Powanda said a felony assault charge against the unborn child was dismissed after Hogan’s girlfriend notified prosecutors she did not want to testify at his upcoming trial.
Common Pleas Court Judge Rita Hathaway released Hogan on parole after she sentenced him to serve six to 23 months in jail. Hogan had been behind bars since late January.
As part of the sentence, the judge ordered Hogan to serve an additional three years on probation said that he is not to have any abusive contact with his girlfriend.
Hogan received an identical concurrent sentence in a second case in which he was charged with making threatening calls to his girlfriend in an effort to keep her from testifying.
Police said Hogan, while in jail for four days after his arrest, called her 57 times and then after he was released on bail, he called her another 98 times from his own phone and a device registered to a cousin.
“He yelled at her not to attend the hearing or she would regret it,” police said.
Hogan was sent back to jail after he was charged with witness intimidation and retaliation against a witnesses. The retaliation count was dismissed on Wednesday.