Palm Bay Man Sentenced to Life in Prison After Brutally Attacking Ex-Girlfriend with Hammer in 2018
By Space Coast Daily // October 29, 2021
incident happened on June 10, 2018 in Palm Bay
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Circuit Judge Steve Henderson sentenced 37-year-old Brandon Putty to Life in state prison after a Brevard Jury convicted him on one count of Burglary of a Dwelling with Battery, two counts of Battery, and one count of Petit Theft.
Judge Henderson also sentenced Putty to one year for each Battery count, and 60-days for the Petit Theft.
In a trial that lasted five days, Assistant State Attorneys Michael Doyle and Chris Cusmano presented evidence to the jury who deliberated three-hours before returning with the guilty verdicts.
Palm Bay Police reported that on June 10, 2018, at 3:45 am, they responded to a home on Haas Ave. NW where a woman and a man inside the house were awoken and attacked by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, wielding a blacksmith’s hammer.
The investigation revealed that the two victims were in bed when the family dog began scratching at the bedroom door. The woman went to check on her son sleeping in another room, when Putty jumped out of the closet and struck her in the head with the hammer, causing serious trauma and rendering her unconscious.
The man went to her aide and was also struck by Putty with the hammer, but was able to wrestle the weapon away.
Putty then fled, taking the woman’s purse on his way out of the home. Police obtained a warrant for Putty’s arrest and he was arrested as a fugitive on June 12, 2018, in Georgia.
Public records show that Putty has a criminal history that includes prior burglary, theft, stalking, and domestic violence.
Putty was also deemed a Prison Release Re-offender by having committed this crime within three years of his release from state prison.