Benny Leroy Stockdale facing charges

Benny Leroy Stockdale was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence.

TALLADEGA -- A Talladega man is facing felony domestic violence assault charges after allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend, according to police.

Benny Leroy Stockdale, 47, was arrested Tuesday night and was being held on a $10,000 bond set by District Court Judge Jeb Fannin. He remained behind bars Wednesday evening.

According to police Lt. Jimmy Thompson, Stockdale has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence assault against the same victim on three other occasions since November 2015. Stockdale has also been arrested on the same charges at least two other times, but the charges were dismissed on those occasions.

Thompson explained that Alabama law says a person convicted of domestic violence assault on three prior occasions will see the charges raised from a class A misdemeanor to a class C felony on any subsequent arrests. There is no time limit for the prior convictions, and it does not have to be the same victim in each case, he said.

Stockdale allegedly beat his victim with his hands and fists.

Punishment for conviction of a class C felony in Alabama is one year and one day to 10 years in prison.