A Hudson Valley man, who was convicted for manslaughter after his fiance died from his brutal beating, appealed his 25 year prison sentence.

On Thursday, The Appellate Division, Third Department unanimously affirmed the December 20, 2013 manslaughter conviction of Gerald Babcock.

According to the Ulster County District Attorney’s office, On March 6, 2013, Babcock hit his 36-year-old finance, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, in the head causing severe head trauma, brain swelling and two large subdural hematomas. He also strangled her and dragged her outside into the freezing winter weather, where he left her barely conscious and hardly breathing.

The 36-year-old woman died the following day from multiple blunt force injuries and strangulation.

After his manslaughter conviction, in Ulster County Court, Babcock was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

On appeal, Babcock challenged the court’s pretrial ruling which allowed evidence of his prior acts of domestic violence against the victim.

He also argued that the verdict, particularly with respect to the element of intent, was against the weight of the evidence, the maximum sentence was unduly harsh and excessive and that County Court was wrong when they didn't tell five courtroom spectators, who were wearing purple ribbons, that signified their opposition to domestic violence, to remove their ribbons.

All of the claims were addressed at length by the Appellate Division, Third Department and ultimately rejected.

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