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Man Sentenced to 4 to 8 Years for Assaulting Two Women in Bar

December 27, 2017

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Contact: Kathleen G. Byrne, 215.348.6366, kgbyrne@buckscounty.org

Nathaniel Love
       Nathaniel Love

A mentally ill man who punched out two women in a Bensalem sports bar was sentenced this morning to serve four to eight years in state prison.

Nathaniel D. Love, 31, of Philadelphia, said he was off his medications for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia when the assaults occurred Feb. 25 at the Final Score Bar & Grill on Knights Road.

Love pleaded guilty in October to charges including aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.

He admitted punching one woman twice in the face, knocking her unconscious and causing a brain hemorrhage and facial bruising. He also punched a second woman who tried to intervene, causing minor injuries to her face.

Witnesses told police that the first victim, who is married, repeatedly rebuffed Love’s advances at the bar before he assaulted her. He then struck the second woman once before an employee and another customer pulled him away. The attacks were captured on surveillance video.

The more seriously injured victim was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital for treatment. She told Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley of waking up in the hospital from a medically induced coma with a neck brace on.

The victim said she suffers from nightmares, memory loss, anxiety, depression, migraines and post-traumatic stress disorder. She said she needs help with bathing and other tasks because of lingering numbness on one side of her body.

“I feel that I will never have forgiveness for him,” she said.

Defense attorney Shawn Page told Finley that Love has suffered from psychiatric disorders all of his life.

His mental illness was controlled while Love received money for prescription drugs through public assistance, Page said. But when Love began working again he lost that benefit and could no longer afford his prescriptions. Instead, the lawyer said, Love self-medicated with PCP, cocaine and alcohol.

“This is something that is aberrant on his part,” Page said.

“I am remorseful,” Love said in court. “I do apologize for the things that I’ve done. I wouldn’t imagine that was me” who attacked the women.

Assistant District Attorney Kathleen G. Byrne, who prosecuted the case, said the community needs to be protected from the defendant. Love, she said, knew ahead of time what would happen if he failed to take his medication.

“This wasn’t an undiagnosed mental health disorder,” Byrne argued. “It didn’t just come to a head one night in a bar.”

Finley said he accepted that Love struggles with mental illness, but that it did not excuse his violence.

“Going out and punching out two women, unprovoked, in a bar is unacceptable,” Finley said. “It may be explained by what I’ve heard, but it is not justified.

“You know that you should not have been around alcohol,” the judge added. “What you became is a violent drunk.”

Finley imposed concurrent sentences of four to eight years for aggravated assault and one to two years for simple assault. He ordered Love to undergo mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations in prison, to take his prescribed medications, and to have no contact with the victims.

The case was investigated by the Bensalem Township Police Department.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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