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Serial Stalker, Assailant of Bensalem Woman Gets 3.5 to 7 Years

April 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: William Murphy, 215.348.6334, wrmurphy@buckscounty.org

Thomas Blood
     Thomas Blood

A Bensalem man who repeatedly stalked, threatened and abused his former girlfriend over a period of almost two years was sentenced Wednesday to three and one-half to seven years in state prison.

Thomas Blood, 43, was ordered to serve 18 months to three years for burglary, and consecutive one- to two-year sentences for stalking and for a previous assault conviction involving the same victim in which he violated his probation and parole.

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Diane E. Gibbons also tacked on a consecutive five years of probation, calling Blood “a danger to (the victim) and a danger to the community” whose behavior could only be halted by confinement.

A Bucks County Common Pleas Court jury had convicted Blood in January of burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal trespass, stalking, terroristic threats and harassment.

The charges stemmed from a Dec. 21, 2015, incident at the victim’s townhouse on Arrowood Drive in Bensalem. Blood secretly watched his former girlfriend and her aunt sit by a fire pit in the back yard, and then followed them inside after the women went into the house.

The women told police that Blood brandished a four-foot metal pipe and threatened to kill them before pouring a can of beer over his ex-girlfriend’s head and smashing the can into the side of her face.

At the time, Blood was on probation for a previous assault on the victim in August 2014, and was under a protection from abuse order to stay away from her.

In the 2014 assault, Blood had brandished a knife and cut the victim’s hand slightly at her townhouse, and later tore off her shirt and bra, pushed her into a swimming pool and held her head under water, threatening to drown her.

“She has now been victimized twice by the same defendant, and he has failed to take responsibility for what he has done,” Gibbons said.

The judge noted that Blood was the subject of at least three protection from abuse orders and had stalked other victims as long ago as the 1990s.

“What concerns me is the level of violence that is just on the brink here,” Gibbons said. “This is not just following, it has every aura and feel of violent stalking.”

Relatives and friends, including Blood’s mother, sister and others, testified that while Blood has struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues, he was able to control his behavior when around his family.

Deputy Public Defender Alicia Baatz added that Blood had no disciplinary problems during his months at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, that he had taken advantage of almost all therapeutic and educational programs available to him, and that he was only a few days away from earning his GED certificate there.

Baatz asked that Blood receive a county prison sentence so that he could continue his progress.

Assistant District Attorney William R. Murphy, however, argued that the victim “is in extreme danger” whenever Blood is free, and that previous time in the county prison had not deterred him from re-offending.

“He has this anger streak,” Murphy said. “That’s what I find scary about this case, and why I think he is such a risk to the community.”

Gibbons agreed, calling Blood’s behavior “one continuing course of conduct,” that should be addressed by therapeutic or forensic service programs in state prison.

And the judge warned Blood that when he eventually is released, any contact with the victim would earn him a much longer prison stay.

“If you have any contact with her,” Gibbons said, “based on this history, you are a fool.”

Approved for release by Daniel B. Sweeney, Chief of Prosecution.

 

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