Man sent to prison for 10 years for beating girlfriend with bat
Anderson-Langley had pleaded no contest to charge
WAILUKU — For beating his former girlfriend on her head and body with a baseball bat in an “act of extreme violence,” a Haiku man has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term.
William Anderson-Langley, 50, had pleaded no contest to first-degree assault.
After seeing photos and police body camera video Thursday, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill said, “they speak very loudly — in fact, they scream.”
“There were multiple hits on this woman, both to her head, to her face. There’s evidence of injury to her throat,” he said. “This wasn’t just a blow to the head, it was multiple blows over this woman’s body.”
Anderson-Langley originally was charged with attempted murder for the attack in the early-morning hours of Sept. 1, 2018, at his studio on Kokomo Road in Haiku.
Monica Wise, a 45-year-old medical massage therapist from Texas who met and began dating Anderson-Langley a couple of months earlier, said they had been eating, drinking and talking around a fire with his landlord after work Aug. 31, 2018, when she and Anderson-Langley began arguing about Einstein’s theory of relativity.
As the argument continued and she wanted to leave, he told her he had thrown her keys in the fire.
They had stopped arguing and were “becoming intimate,” she said, before the arguing began again when she asked for her keys.
“I became desperate to get away,” she said, and took $180 from his wallet as “leverage.”
After Anderson-Langley discovered the money missing, she said she would give it back if he would return her keys. “He said it wouldn’t matter now because I am a liar and a thief. That was when he brought out the bat.”
She was sitting on the bed when he swung the bat toward the right side of her head, stopping as it was about to hit her. She said he walked away, then turned back and swung the bat to hit her on the left side of her head.
“I screamed,” she said. “I grabbed my head. When I went to look up, I saw the bat hit me in the forehead between my eyes. I didn’t remember anything else until I had a jolt come through the center of my body.”
She found herself in a different position on the bed and saw Anderson-Langley with his back to her. “I bit his left hand with all my might,” she said, and he began punching and hitting her, knocking her teeth loose.
Wise said her hair was drenched in blood when she grabbed Anderson-Langley’s phone and started to dial 911 before he snatched it away.
She said she “ran through the jungle in the middle of the night, half naked, screaming bloody murder” to the home of the landlord,” who called 911.
Wise required stitches to her head and suffered bleeding in the brain, said Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Teshima.
He said she didn’t remember how she suffered other injuries, including bruises on her neck consistent with being strangled with two hands, a bruise on her stomach consistent with being hit by a baseball bat and a large bruise on her lower left back consistent with blunt force trauma.
“These multiple injuries show a vicious intent to hurt Monica,” Teshima said. “Does taking $200 warrant having her head bashed in, a strike to the belly and being strangled?”
Afterward, Anderson-Langley threw the 33-inch wooden bat in the bushes “to try to hide evidence of the crime,” Teshima said.
After spending a week in the hospital intensive-care unit and seeking shelter at Women Helping Women, Wise said she and Anderson-Langley got back together for a month before her mother flew to Maui “and rescued me from myself.”
As she recovered from a traumatic brain injury, he told her, “I like you better now because you don’t argue with me,” she said.
Wise said she still suffers from daily headaches and blurry vision.
Once an avid reader, she said she struggled to complete her first book in August.
“I am paralyzed with fear most days,” she said. “I truly believe if he is not punished for what he did to me, he will do this to another woman.”
Teshima said: “Sometimes an offense is so serious, prison is warranted even if a defendant does not have a prior record for violent crime.”
Anderson-Langley asked to be placed on probation so he could complete an alcohol treatment program “and any other programs that are necessary to see that I heal myself.”
“I made a mistake, sir,” he said in court.
He said he was “intoxicated to the point where I was not thinking clearly and I harmed my fiancee.”
Noting there were two Einstein theories of relativity, Judge Cahill said, “How do you get into an argument about those theories such that it leads to grabbing a bat and beating someone over the head and over the body as well? This was an act of extreme violence.”
“It was a very significant head trauma,” he said. “When you have a brain bleed of any kind, there’s not only a risk of death. There’s a risk of permanent injury.”
* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.