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Bullhead City woman sentenced in baseball bat attack

December 31, 2017

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City woman was sentenced Wednesday to prison for a baseball bat attack on another woman.

Gina Jeannette Dumont, 55, was convicted in November on two counts of aggravated assault. The jury found her not guilty of a third charge of tampering with a witness.

Dumont’s attorney, Nathan Best, argued that his client had no prior felony convictions. Dumont maintains her innocence and plans to appeal her conviction and sentence.

Best said Dumont has mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder and that she also has family support. Dumont spoke tearfully, apologizing to the court.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jayme Yamaguchi argued that, despite any felony convictions, Dumont has a long criminal history — including assault and disorderly conduct — that has been escalating. He also said the victim suffers from physical, emotional and financial harm.

An advocate from victims services read a letter in court from the victim saying she has had three surgeries and has spent months in the hospital. She also lost her job because she can’t use her hands.

The victim wrote that Dumont has blamed everyone else, even the police, and dragged the victim’s name through the mud.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe. Jr. found the fact Dumont had no prior felony convictions a mitigating factor, but found the physical and emotional harm to the victim an aggravating factor. Sipe did not consider the mental health issue.

Sipe ordered that both counts be served concurrently, since they involve the same victim and the same incident. Sipe sentenced Dumont to 81/2 years in prison on both counts.

On Oct. 30, 2016, the victim came to Dumont’s home trying to collect $5 that Dumont owed her. The one-time friends got into a heated argument and the victim refused to leave the home when asked, Best argued at trial.

The victim searched Dumont’s kitchen drawers to look for the money. The victim’s husband entered the home and sprayed kitchen cleaner at Dumont, who then took the bat and struck the victim in the arm, Best argued.

Dumont faces charges in three other cases, including aggravated assault and resisting arrest in one case that occurred Aug. 22 at her home. She also is charged with two counts of aggravated harassment in a second case that occurred Aug. 8. She is charged also in a third case with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and three misdemeanors alleged to have occurred July 21.