MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A Monroe area man is accused of putting a loaded gun to a woman's head while she was holding their one-year-old child.
According to records, it happened on New Year's Day at a home on Prairie Road just south of Monroe in Ouachita Parish.
Deputies say the woman told them that Dusty Boyett was arguing with her when he picked up a handgun, loaded a magazine, and placed to her head. According to her account, he then said, "I hate to have to do this, son." The victim told investigators that she then kicked Boyett and ran away.
In the arrest report, deputies describe looking in Boyett's bedroom, where the alleged victim indicated. She pointed them to a nightstand where they found a box of .40 S&W ammo on top of a gun case. Inside the gun case were an unloaded Glock 22 (.40 S$&W) and two empty magazines.
Boyett admits arguing with the woman but denies ever putting the gun to the woman's head. Boyett is facing a charge of domestic abuse aggravated assault child endangerment.
Here is the Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault entry (RS 14:7:7) in Louisiana law:
§37.7. Domestic abuse aggravated assault
A. Domestic abuse aggravated assault is an assault with a dangerous weapon committed by one household member or family member upon another household member or family member.
B. For purposes of this Section:
- (1) "Family member" means spouses, former spouses, parents, children, stepparents, stepchildren, foster parents, and foster children.
- (2) "Household member" means any person presently or formerly living in the same residence with the offender and who is involved or has been involved in a sexual or intimate relationship with the offender, or any child presently or formerly living in the same residence with the offender, or any child of the offender regardless of where the child resides.
C. Whoever commits the crime of domestic abuse aggravated assault shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years and fined not more than five thousand dollars.
D. This Subsection shall be cited as the "Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault Child Endangerment Law". When the state proves, in addition to the elements of the crime as set forth in Subsection A of this Section, that a minor child thirteen years of age or younger was present at the residence or any other scene at the time of the commission of the offense, the mandatory minimum sentence imposed by the court shall be two years imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.