U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida
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October 1, 2015

Bristol Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence Charges

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Robert W. McCandless, 38, of Bristol, Florida, was sentenced to 151 months in prison today for interstate domestic violence and interstate violation of a protection order. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

During his guilty plea on July 9, 2015, McCandless admitted to violating a protection order by unlawfully entering the victim’s residence on January 16, 2015. McCandless and the victim had lived together previously for approximately five years and had two children. After strangling the victim with a communications cord and assaulting the victim, McCandless forced her and their children to travel with him out of Florida. Approximately eight hours later, law enforcement agents arrested McCandless, rescuing the victim and her children on Interstate 95 in South Carolina. The victim received medical treatment for injuries consistent with strangulation.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen M. Kunz.

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