Dallen Brown, 29, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison, the maximum allowed under state sentencing guidelines.
Brown pleaded guilty in February to three counts of second-degree domestic violence assault. He was arrested in July 2011 after a relative found his wife and two daughters hiding in an alley way.
His wife was hospitalized with numerous bruises. An emergency room nurse at the time told police it was one of the worst cases of ongoing abuse she'd ever seen.
His wife told police that over the years, she had been repeatedly punched, choked, kicked and threatened with a gun.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz agreed to allow Brown to remain at Snohomish County Jail until June so he can complete a scheduled "Commitment to Change" class.
Deputy Prosecutor Adam Cornell asked for the higher-end sentence because of "the ferocity, the deliberateness and the excess" of the assaults, he said.
Brown's attorney, Kathleen Kyle, had asked for a lower end sentence of 1 year and three months.
She said Brown was one of the most remorseful clients she's ever represented. She also said that since his arrest, he'd spent more time making positive goals for after his release than challenging the allegations against him.
When it was his turn to speak, Brown unfolded a note and sobbed. He said he'd hurt the people he loved most, including the couple's young children, who witnessed some of the violence.
Brown said he should have sought counseling long ago instead of perpetuating a "cycle of hurt and unhappiness."
"This is not the real me," he said.
Brown said he planned to work hard to achieve his goals and become a better person.
The judge said he hoped that Brown would "sincerely try to pursue" those goals. Brown had no previous felony history. He was terminated from his corrections job shortly after the assaults were reported.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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