Michael Nuanes, a 37-year-old Denver Police Officer, was arrested January 27 for allegedly beating his girlfriend after an argument spiraled out of control. Nuanes says his girlfriend assaulted him with a Justin Bieber doll and injured his foot.
On May 8, Nuanes was sentenced to a year of probation with no jail time. According to the Associated Press, conditions of his sentence include domestic violence treatment and a mandatory protection order prohibiting him from owning firearms.
The sentence results from a plea deal where Nuanes pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted assault. KMGH adds that, as part of the agreement, prosecutors dismissed charges of assault and obstruction of telephone service.
According to an Adams County Sheriff's Office affidavit via the Smoking Gun, "Nuanes stated that [his girlfriend] had thrown a 'Barbie Doll' at him, which bruised his foot and [said] that it hurt ... Nuanes pointed out a 'Justin Bieber' doll, which was the item used to injure him." He also said she "bit his finger and that it also hurt."
The girlfriend has accused Nuanes of punching her in the ribs and pulling her hair out. A report on KMGH further states Nuanes kicked in the door to the bathroom where she was hiding, and proceeded to assault her with the broken door.
The woman told interviewers later that the argument started when Nuanes grew angry she hadn't updated her Facebook page to reflect their relationship status.