LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. – A Higginsville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in a domestic abuse case.

A prison employee stands guard on a tower at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Lafayette County Prosecutor Kristen Ellis Hilbrenner recommended the punishment for Patrick Haynes, 29, at a sentencing hearing Tuesday, March 6. Haynes pleaded to domestic assault in the second degree and tampering with a vehicle in the first degree for an incident that occurred on June 3, 2016. Hilbrenner said the victim, refused to file a report at the time because of fear for herself and her children.

The victim went to police after Haynes left for work three days later.