A former Los Angeles Police Department detective accused of making criminal threats and physically assaulting his live-in girlfriend pleaded no contest on June 6, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Richard Womack, 50, pleaded to one count of corporal injury on a cohabitant. Additionally, Womack admitted a special allegation that he used a knife.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli sentenced Womack to a term of five years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Amy Pellman Pentz and Renee Chang of the Justice System Integrity Division.
The charges stem from an incident on Oct. 25, 2010, during which Womack, a former narcotics detective, attacked his girlfriend, first striking her with a knife and later threatening her with a shotgun.
Officers of the Long Beach Police Department investigated the case.
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