City man sentenced to state prison

HOLLIDAYSBURG – An Altoona man charged last fall with brutally beating his girlfriend has been sentenced to a state prison term by Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva.

Douglas W. Hindal, 31, of West Chestnut Avenue entered a no contest plea to charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats on Monday, and Kopriva, complying with provisions of a plea agreement, imposed a state prison term of 2 to 5 years on Hindal. He also will be required to serve 10 years’ probation.

Hindal declined when asked by Kopriva if he wanted to speak.

According to court documents, Altoona police were called to an apartment on the 1900 block of West Chestnut Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2013.

City police and Blair County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the call for help.

When police arrived, a woman was leaning on a banister pleading, “Please help me.”

She was bleeding from the chest.

The young woman told police she had been held against her will for five to six hours.

Police were told that she and Hindal were riding in the car when an argument erupted. A police affidavit stated he punched her and pulled her hair.

When they got to the West Chestnut Avenue apartment house, he used her hair to pull her up the stairs.

He was initially charged with holding her against her will while inside the apartment. He allegedly used a screw driver to stab her in the chest.

She had many bruises, brush burns, cigarette burns and multiple cuts. The cuts came when was dragged over broken glass, according to the charges.

The police affidavit said she was punched on the face, neck, back and other areas.

Hindal was originally charged with possession of an instrument of crime, stalking, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and harassment, as well as aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

Charges other than aggravated assault and terroristic threats were dismissed.

Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.