A young woman in Missouri was brutally beaten by her boyfriend, causing her to permanently lose vision in one eye. In response, the woman’s father is said to have offered a $500 reward to anyone that can provide information on the whereabouts of the suspect.
Chelsea Simmons, 20, was nearly killed by her boyfriend, Cedric Powe, 27, during an altercation.
“Apparently he choked her until she passed out, brought her back, then choked her again and continually stomped on her head,” said Simmons’ stepmother, Melissa Zack. “She’s scared and she probably will be forever.”
Powe, known by friends as Moe, reportedly fled to the south side of St. Louis. Mark Zack, Simmons’ father, offered $500 to anybody that could provide police with information that will help them track down his daughter’s attacker.
“He needs to be caught so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else, and I don’t have to worry about it happening to her ever again,” said Simmons’ stepmother.
Doctors say that Simmons was just minutes away from certain death, and will likely endure pain from this incident for the rest of her life.
According to WJBD. Powe has a lengthy history of criminal activity, including a 2008 arrest that resulted in a domestic battery charge, along with obstruction of justice. Powe pleaded guilty to the obstruction of justice charge and was sentenced to one year in prison, but because of his guilty plea, the domestic battery charge was dismissed.
MVN News reports that Simmons filed a restraining order against Powe but both the family and authorities realize that may not necessarily protect the young woman. Powe has a history of violating a protection order, including incidents which occurred in 2008 and 2009.
MARION COUNTY — A 28-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a 2013 domestic battery incident that resulted in his then girlfriend losing vision in one eye.
Cedric Deon Powe pleaded guilty in March to the Class 2 aggravated domestic battery including strangling, in exchange for charges of Class 3 aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and Class X attempted murder being dismissed.
Powe was charged with the savage December 2013 beating of his then girlfriend Chelsea Simmons. He fled the area after the incident, but was captured by St. Louis, Mo., police in April 2014 and extradited back to Illinois to face charges.
He has been held since that time in the Marion County jail with bail set at $500,000. Since then he has racked up additional charges while in custody.
In addition to his 14-year prison sentence, Powe must serve 4-years mandatory supervised release, otherwise known as parole, and pay $1,352.60 in restitution.
He has been held since his April 2014 arrest in the Marion County jail with bail set at $500,000. Powe will remain held in the Marion County Jail until after a May 20 court date on new 2015 charges he received while in custody.
Marion County Sheriff Rich Stevenson says Powe tipped off deputies to the possession of a shank by another inmate.
Stevenson says surveillance video shows Powe breaking the handle off the dustpan and hiding it in his jumpsuit.
A further search revealed a Risperidone pill hidden in a straw extension that had been placed on the end of the pencil.
He says Risperidone, which is used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder, was not prescribed to anyone in that cell.