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GoDaddy Founder's Kid Gets Jail in Domestic Assault

Robert Parsons choked, hit girlfriend in July incident
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2016 10:08 AM CST
GoDaddy Founder's Kid Gets Jail in Domestic Assault
In this 2010 photo, GoDaddy.com CEO & Founder Bob Parsons. Parsons' son has been sentenced in a domestic assault.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – The son of GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is headed for a stint in jail for a July domestic assault on his girlfriend, reports the Arizona Republic. Robert Sean Parsons, 44, was sentenced Friday to four months in jail and three years' probation for the incident at his Scottsdale home (though complying with terms of his probation could reduce jail time by three months), in which he admitted to grabbing the woman's throat, choking her, and striking her after she confronted him about texts from other women. She went to the hospital twice. "We believe that the sentence is appropriate to send a message to the defendant," said the Maricopa County prosecutor. "There are consequences for his actions. It is time for him to take responsibility and have a wake-up call."

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"I stand here today to accept the punishments of my crime," said the younger Parsons, who called July 21 "possibly the worst night" of his life. Bob Parsons in a note to the court said that his son's actions since the incident, which included drug rehab, were the first time he'd seen him take "the bull by the horns." (The elder Parsons isn't entirely controversy-free.)

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