October 21, 2022 -Springfield- On January 5, 2019 the Springfield Police Department received a frantic 911 call from a residence on Scarsdale Road in Springfield for a report of a stabbing. Police responded to find the victim bleeding from over a dozen stab wounds to her face, neck, arms, legs and trunk of her body. The investigation later revealed that the defendant entered the home in the early hours of the morning with a folding knife and attacked the victim, who he has a child with, in her bedroom, unprovoked.
Arrested in connection with the stabbing was Gerald Eddington, 43, of Springfield.
On September 29, 2022 Eddington was found guilty by a Hampden Superior Court Jury on five counts; mayhem, armed assault in a dwelling, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault on a family/household member, and assault and battery.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “I would like to thank the members of the Springfield Police Department who responded to the scene as well as the detectives who put together a very good case. I would also like to thank Assistant District Attorney, and Chief of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit, Dana Parsons, for her skillful prosecution of Gerald Eddington. The victim in this case has suffered severe trauma, both mentally and physically because of the defendant. I hope this verdict brings her a sense of justice and peace.”
On October 14, 2022, in a separate jury waived trial, the Commonwealth sought to find Eddington guilty of being a habitual offender due to two prior serious felony convictions.
At this separate trial, he was found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in state prison on the charge of mayhem and five years of probation on the armed assault in a dwelling. All other time received on the three other charges are to run concurrently to his twenty year sentence.
Gerald Eddington was on probation on another domestic violence case at the time when this attack occurred. He also has a history of having six prior restraining orders taken out against him, along with prior convictions for; assault and battery on a pregnant person, illegal possession of firearms, narcotics distribution, assault with a dangerous weapon to wit handgun resulting in serious bodily injury.
District Attorney Gulluni also stated: “As a society, we can have no tolerance for domestic violence. Its endlessly ravages the lives of victims, who are typically women and mothers, whose children often also suffer actually and vicariously at the hands of the abusers. This is why my office created the Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit, so specialized prosecutors and advocates can work with victims to ensure they are safe and that justice is done.”
Assistant District Attorney Dana Parsons represented the Commonwealth in this case.