VIRGINIA BEACH -- A judge sentenced 50-year-old Kevin Christopher Bullock Monday for brutally attacking his girlfriend in 2010.
According to Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey Bryant, Bullock, of the 5500 block of Taylors Walke Lane, received a sentence of 35 years in prison for Aggravated Malicious Wounding.
Bryant requested that Bullock’s sentence in the case exceed the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended he serve no more than 18 years and 6 months in prison.
Bullock pleaded guilty on May 29 to attacking his girlfriend. The assault happened on December 10, 2010 after Bullock showed up at his girlfriend’s house unexpectedly. She had been trying to break off her relationship with him, so she got into her car and drove away.
Bullock followed her and rear-ended her car at a stoplight in the Cypress Point area of Virginia Beach. He approached her driver’s side door and began hitting her. He attempted to gouge out her left eye. When he was unsuccessful at that, he bit off a large chunk of her flesh by her left eye and spat it on the ground.
His girlfriend fled to a nearby 7-Eleven store to get help. Police responded and recovered a piece of the victim’s flesh as well as bits of plastic consistent with a rear-end collision.
Police later arrested Bullock at his home.
The victim received numerous facial reconstructive surgeries, suffered eye damage, and has permanent scarring on her face as a result of Bullock’s attack.
"The whole time this case has been going on, I relived my nightmare," said Natalie Purdie who dated Bullock in the 1980s.
It was 1986 when a then 18-year-old Purdie tried to break off her relationship with Bullock. She sat, cutting apart copies of her senior portrait from Lake Taylor High School, as she explained to Bullock they needed to slow things down. Purdie told 13News he seemed to understand what she was saying. Suddenly, instead of leaving as she thought he was doing, Bullock grabbed the scissors she'd been using and stabbed her nearly 30 times.
The attack left Purdie not just with cuts but with a skull fracture and bleeding on her brain. She would have to re-learn how to walk, how to talk, and how to read.
For several reasons, Bullock received only 10 years probation and had to pay some fees.
She was in the courtroom Monday, and she addressed the court, recounting the attack in 1986.
"It helped me with my case to be able to be a voice when I couldn't be a voice before," explained Purdie. "I couldn't be a voice because I was young. Couldn't be a voice because of the medical I experienced, but to be able to be a voice for her, because I know what it's like to feel like you're alone and nobody can understand. Nobody can understand the pain. Nobody can understand the day-to-day struggles to get out of the bed."
Bullock has 2 prior felony convictions from Norfolk Circuit Court involving violence against women.
In 1987, Bullock was convicted of Unlawful Wounding for the attack on Purdie.
In 1999, he was convicted of Statutory Burglary after breaking into the home of the girlfriend whose face he bit in 2010 and attacking her then.
"My goal is not to just speak for other women, but, also to speak to young women, to speak to teenagers," said Purdie. "You get in a relationship, and you don't see the signs. You think that if someone really wants to know where you're gonna be or what you're gonna do that that's just them showing a certain type of interest, but sometimes those are signs that we just don't see."