WARNING: This story contains depictions and descriptions of violent assaults.
Gage Ford, 23, of Muskogee has been convicted of two felony counts of assault and battery by force or means likely to cause death and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery against a pregnant woman stemming from two events in Norman in October 2020 where he kicked the victim, Ally Stephens, repeatedly in the stomach, telling her to “get rid of it,” referring to the baby with which she was at the time pregnant.
Ford’s bail was set at $1,500 instead of the $30,000 the DA requested, and he was out of jail the same day. Sixteen days later, Stephens was in the hospital with severe injuries.
On Friday, he was convicted of the felonies and jurors recommended 76 years in prison, cumulatively, for Ford.
Police said the beating left Stephens’ eyes so swollen that she could not see properly to write her own statement and had to request a friend write the statement, which she also had trouble signing because she couldn’t see. According to nurses, Ford had grabbed Stephens by the hair, pulled her to the ground and beaten her there, including again kicking her in the stomach.
Another alleged victim of Ford testified he had also exhibited the same violent behavior with her. Ford has a child with the second victim, as well.
The baby was later born healthy, although doctors feared the beating could have killed it.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 27.