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Charlestown man unable to complete domestic violence course gets 90 days

WAKEFIELD — A 29-year-old man was handcuffed and escorted to prison to serve a 90-day sentence after a 4th Division District Court judge decided he had run out of chances to complete mandatory domestic violence classes, even if he “was out fishing.”

David Ziegenfuss, of the Ocean View Motel, 5470 Post Road, Charlestown, several times asked Judge Madeline Quirk to allow him to re-enroll in the mandatory classes ordered as part of his sentence on domestic violence charges.

Judge Quirk read aloud from a report from the leader of previous classes attended by Ziegenfuss. The group leader said he was dismissed from the program because he was “disrespectful.” The judge noted it was the second time he attended and did not complete the course. He had previously been incarcerated for 10 days.

Ziegenfuss, who has a number of offenses on his record from various towns, including drug offenses, said he is a fisherman and is often out on a boat, but he would get a “land job” to ensure he could complete the class schedule. He said he can do outdoor work during the spring and summer.

He quietly was taken out of the courtroom to serve his 90 days.

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