No jail time given to reserve deputy who assaulted wife

A Wayne County reserve deputy will not be going to jail after attacking his wife at her in-home daycare.

They were newlyweds, married for four months when Latonya Pettway was assaulted by Darrel Armour Feb. 25.

She says she fought for her life, but in the end she says no one fought for her.

"I just wanted to leave, I was scared," she said.

She was watching an infant at the time when Armour kept her prisoner for three hours, threatened her with his pistol and assaulted her every time she tried to escape.

"He threw me down and my leg went back behind me while he was pushing the door closed so I couldn't get out," Pettway said. "

She would later learn he broke her leg in three places.

But Pettway says the pain didn't stop her from fighting for her life. she remembers Armour saying this will be over soon.

"While he was sitting on my back, he put his hands over my mouth nose and I couldn't breathe," she said. "He used the his other hand to use his cellphone and to call his kids. To tell them he was sorry and that he loved them."

Latonya was able to move her mouth away and scream for help. One of Armour's daughters on the phone heard the cries and called police who showed up just in time.

"He admitted he was holding me against my will for three hours," she said.

Armour was arrested and charged with domestic violence and he pleaded guilty.

But her sheer disappointment came when the judge sentenced her husband Monday afternoon to 12 months probation.

"Where is the justice," Pettway said. "What would have happened. I could have been the same lady whose husband killed her and her kids. But I* was one of the lucky ones."

Latonya left her husband and filed a personal protection order. But she worries that piece of paper won't be enough with Armour out on the street. 

She lives house to house, constantly looking over her shoulder and fearing the worst.

"I just want people to know that if they do report it, something has to happen besides a slap on the wrist," Pettway said. "Twelve months probation is pretty much a waste of my time."

FOX 2 tried to find out if Armour is still a reserve officer, but waiting to hear back. With his conviction, he no longer qualifies for a concealed weapon permit and will likely lose his job.

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