DENVER -- David Lee Razey’s criminal history of domestic violence dates to 1987, but his current wife complains being a repeat offender hasn’t made his punishments any tougher.
On Monday morning, the 46-year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment with an understanding he will serve 30 days in the Jefferson County Jail.
His estranged wife, Lisa Razey, wanted Jefferson County prosecutors to stick with the original charge of assault after she was thrown against a glass door in January.
“All three times, the original charge was domestic violence but it's always been pleaded down,” Razey said after Monday’s plea hearing.
She said she is her husband’s third domestic partner to press domestic violence charges against him. She is filing for divorce.
Court records list 23 arrests since 1987, including four for violating protection orders against his victims.
“I would hate to think that there is going to be another assault, but with domestic violence offenders it`s only a matter of time,” Razey said.
“If they're not willing to change their behavior, there needs to be consequences,” said Amy Miller, executive director with the Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence.
Miller said Colorado has a habitual offender law that allows three domestic violence related misdemeanor convictions to be upgraded to a felony. Razey’s criminal history suggests he should qualify for a felony, but Miller isn’t surprised he’s not.
"We know that law needs some work, we know that it's not often utilized," she said.
It was revealed at Razey’s plea hearing that in the past two months, he has skipped three drug and alcohol tests and failed a fourth, but prosecutors did not seek to revoke his bond or alter the terms of his 30-day plea deal.
“A slap on the hand and every time. It's not teaching him any kind of lesson,” Razey said.
The judge ordered David Razey to wear a GPS ankle monitor after Lisa Razey testified security guards at her workplace have seen his truck in the employee parking lot.
When FOX31 asked David Razey if his wife had a right to be afraid of him, he replied, “No, I’m not that kind of guy.”
Razey also denied stalking his wife at her workplace, insisting it wasn’t his truck witnesses saw.
“It wasn't and never has been," David Razey said.
A spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office told FOX31 that domestic violence cases are hard to win at trial because it’s often a "he said, she said" case and that plea deals get a conviction on the record.
In this case, David Razey will have to attend domestic violence classes though he’s already taking classes in El Paso County for a February conviction for violating a protection order.
If you or someone you know is in an unsafe relationship, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free at 1-800-799-7233.