VICTIM SPEAKS OUT ON PLEA DEAL …
By FITSNEWS || Brad Eckstrom – the son of S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom – is likely to see his criminal domestic violence charge dropped after the victim in the case, his former fiancee Blair Pettrey, gave her conditional assent to his participation in a pretrial intervention (PTI) program.
In a letter written to the circuit court judge assigned to Eckstrom’s case, Pettrey wrote that the state had asked her “whether I would be willing to accept, the defendant, my former (fiancee), Brad Eckstrom, being allowed to take a plea bargain.”
She responded in the affirmative … but only if certain conditions were met.
“It is my request that (Eckstrom) not be offered any kind of reduced sentence or settlement until he has completed a domestic violence and or anger management course,” Pettrey wrote. “As you are aware, the defendant Mr. Eckstrom is charged with having physically attacked and assaulted me while I am pregnant with our child. If Mr. Eckstrom, is not forced to attend a domestic violence course or an anger management course, my fear is that he will seriously hurt someone or our unborn baby in the future.”
Accordingly, Pettrey added that Eckstrom was to have “no contact with me or our unborn child.”
Ready for the kicker in the letter? In laying out her conditions for acquiescing to Eckstrom’s participation in PTI – which would result in the criminal domestic violence charge being expunged from his record – Pettrey made it clear her assent was based on the expectation that the politician’s son was going to receive it anyway.
“I realize the political realities are that the defendant, Mr. Eckstrom is from a very powerful and important political family, and as such will be expecting favorable treatment in sentencing,” she wrote. “My concern is that any such leniency will inevitably lead to another woman or child being seriously hurt in the future.”