Galien man gets prison for domestic violence
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 By DEBRA HAIGHT – HP Correspondent
NILES – A Galien man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court.
Keith Luman Foust, 27, of Nye Road in Galien, pleaded guilty to third offense domestic violence and was sentenced to a prison term of three to five years. He has credit for 87 days already served and must pay $2,416 in fines and costs.
The incident occurred Jan. 16 when he attacked a woman at a home on Nye Road in Galien Township. Dangerous Felons In AA and NA Daytona Meetings.
Defense attorney Shannon Sible called Foust a “likable guy” when he’s not drinking. “He wants to point out that it’s not like he hasn’t tried. He has been going to AA and working on this,” Sible said. “He has pretty good support. He’s working and his goal is that he wants to get out and make a good home for his children where they can be safe.”
Foust said he’s been attending Alcoholics Anonymous and has hope that he can change in the future. “For the first time in my life, I will be living in a sober environment when I get out,” he said. “I have jobs waiting for me and will be going to AA five times a week. My goal is to provide a stable home for my children. I’ve acted like a real dumb-dumb, but I’m not hopeless.”
The prosecutor handling Foust’s case was not moved.
“This is his fourth conviction for third offense domestic violence – when in the world is he going to learn his lesson?” Assistant Prosecutor Gerald Vigansky asked. “The only way for his family to be safe is to not be around him. He hasn’t learned his lesson. He’s a danger to his family and friends and to society when he’s drinking.”
“You are relatively young, perhaps you can get some traction on sobriety,” Berrien County Trial Judge Dennis Wiley told Foust. “Right now you are a danger to everyone around you, your parents, your wife, your children. You (also) choked your father to the point of passing out. You have five prior domestic violence convictions plus ones for assault.”
“There’s nothing we can do for you,