ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio (TCD) -- A 38-year-old man reportedly pleaded guilty to beating his live-in girlfriend to death.
On Nov. 15, 2021, deputies with the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Mill Road in Dorset, Ohio, to a report of an unresponsive female, according to the department. At the scene, authorities reportedly found 34-year-old Nicole Booth with "severe bruising and cigarette burns on her head, face and arms."
A few days later, the Sheriff's Office said Booth succumbed to her injuries, and it was determined she died due to blunt force trauma to her head and trunk.
The Sheriff's Office said the victim "had been beaten over a period of at least two months before succumbing to her injuries."
Upon further investigation, the Sheriff's Office identified Thomas Graley as a suspect. He and the victim reportedly share two young children together.
Prior to the victim's death, Booth and her two young children endured domestic violence, physical abuse, and trauma for years, which allegedly went unreported, WOIO-TV reports.
Graley was reportedly booked into the Ashtabula County Jail. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Sheriff's Office announced that he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life.