Offenders Skip Required Counseling In N.C. County

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Jeff Servidio headbutted his girlfriend, threw her against a metal stairwell, then shoved her down the stairs, reports the Charlotte Observer. A judge sentenced Servidio, 33, to probation and ordered him to enroll in a treatment program for domestic violence offenders. Servidio never went. On Tuesday, he was charged with murder after his girlfriend was found dead in her bathtub. This case and others highlight a breakdown in the probation system that social workers, judges, and police officers say is an increasing problem: An estimated one in four domestic violence offenders in Mecklenburg County fail to attend required court . . .

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