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Lockport domestic violence victim pushing to keep charges against aggressor

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 13:37:06-04

Heather Grimmer from Lockport is now fighting to make sure charges are not dropped in a domestic violence case against her ex-boyfriend and former co-worker (William) Scott Leffler.

Leffler is a former Lockport journalist who was arrested in May after an altercation at Grimmer's apartment where she claims Leffler handcuffed her, threw her down and suffocated her to the point of passing out by pressing his leg against her neck.

Lockport Police charged Leffler with one violation and three misdemeanors including menacing, unlawful imprisonment and illegally stopping breath.

However, on Monday the victim in this case learned that a possible plea deal was being considered where the misdemeanor charges would be dropped if Leffler pleaded guilty to a single violation (which is on the same level as a traffic ticket).

"It just shows the aggressor that what they did, no one really cares," said Grimmer who is pushing to have Leffler prosecuted fully.

The domestic violence victim sat down with 7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly to talk about her frustrations.  Mary Travers Murphy from the Family Justice Center also shares some insight into troubling warning signs for abusive relationships.

Calls to the Niagara County District Attorney's Office were not returned.