UPDATE: Marine Accused Of Beating Pregnant Wife

Lawmen say the woman beaten with a hammer by her Marine husband in Jacksonville this weekend is in the early stages of pregnancy.

Lawmen arrested Jonathan Gould of Pinewood Drive in Jacksonville. Officials say Gould is a Marine Lance Corporal at Camp Lejeune.

Gould had his first court appearance Monday morning. His bond was set at one million dollars. His next court appearance is set for January 15.

Deputies say Gould had called them early Saturday morning and told them he had been attacked at his home when he got off work from his second job. Gould said he had been beaten unconscious and when he woke up, he noticed his wife, 26-year-old Erin Gould, had been severally beaten and injured.

Both were taken to the hospital. After investigators conducted interviews, they say Gould's story didn't match the physical evidence they collected.

They say Gould later confessed to the beating. Sheriff Ed Brown says Gould told them he walked in the door, grabbed a hammer and beat his wife, who was lying on the couch. The sheriff said Gould locked up the couple's dog, which is normally by the wife's side.

The Sheriff says Erin was struck at least three times, blows so hard they fractured her skull. Brown said she is listed in stable condition in the hospital, but she is not responsive. He said there is no sign she has lost the baby.

Sheriff Brown said Jonatham Gould had self-inflicted stab wounds from a paring knife from his own kitchen to back up his original story. The sheriff said the Marine had superficial cuts on his legs, ear and chest.

Sheriff Brown said the two had an argument last week and had discussed separation and divorce.



Here is the initial press release given to us Saturday by the Sheriff's Office:

At 4:17am this morning, Onslow County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Pinewood Drive in Jacksonville, NC. The caller, Jonathan Gould (24 yr old w/m) told deputies that someone had assaulted him when he was entering his home after returning from a late night job. Gould said that he was injured and left unconscious. When he awoke, he discovered that his wife had been severely attacked and injured.

EMS transported Gould and his wife to the hospital.

Onslow County Crime Scene Investigators began to process the residence. Investigators began to conduct interviews and to gather information.

Investigators determined that the physical evidence at the scene did not match what they had been told by Jonathan Gould.

Gould was treated and released and asked to travel to the Sheriff's Office.

Gould's wife had to be airlifted due to life-threatening head injuries.

Throughout the day, investigators continued to conduct interviews and Crime Scene Investigators continued to collect evidence and to process the evidence.

Later in the afternoon, Gould was confronted with the results of the investigation and the fact that his explanation did not match the crime scene. Gould confessed to attacking his wife and to causing her severe head trauma.

Gould was arrested and was booked into the Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Attempted Murder. Gould is being held on NO bond. He will have a first appearance on Monday morning.

The victim is in Critical Condition at a hospital in Wilmington, NC.


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  • by Angel2 Location: Earth on Jan 26, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    (Continued from below) What he did to his soulmate, the love of his life, the mother of his future children was too grizzly to describe. There are many questions pending that need to be answered. What was he thinking? Why would he jeopardize his otherwise impeccable military career? What prompted such a cowardly act? He has disgraced not only the military, but most importantly, his and her family members. For a time, she was in a realm hovering between life and death, she was swiftly carried away by her guardian angel to be cared for in a tender, loving fashion. The many prayers and tears shed paid off in a miraculous way & we THANK GOD SHE IS ALIVE! He sits in jail, perhaps agonizing, pacing, wringing his hands praying for forgiveness. He doesn't deserve forgiveness. He is a COWARD!
  • by Angela1 Location: Earth on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Readers, have your Kleenex handy as this is a sad, sad story. Once upon a time, there were two people who seemed to be destined to spend their lives together. It seemed like a "Fairy Tale Romance" They met in high school and over a few years fell deeply in love. They made such a perfect pair, it only seemed right to marry. They say "a picture tells a thousand words and their wedding picture certainly portrayed this thought. He was such a fine, upstanding young marine corporal who simply adored his wife. Her beauty was stunning to say the least. He was her "hero". She was his "heroine". Yes, it was such a lovely wedding as they exchanged their vows. "to love, cherish, protect, to respect one other, to care for one another in sickness and in health? AND SUDDENLY IT ALL CAME TO A NEAR TRAGIC ENDING! (End part 1- to be continued)
  • by Steve Location: Texas on Jan 19, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    The Johnson family is sending all of our prayers and best wishes to Erin for her speedy recovery. We don't know Erin but a friend has kept us updated on her progress,which seems to be going greater than anyone expected. A note to jplanetearth, I am a state trooper, so what's your point? lol.One more note to EH, you wondered where Mike McHugh got his info? Can't you read? Reporters can only print what Sheriff Ed Brown's dept. releases. Again, we are all praying for Erin. We will make a donation on the sorority's web site. God Bless!!!
  • by Jennifer Location: Ohio on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    Erin's gaurdian angel has certainly been looking after her as we hear as of Jan. 14th, they have her in step-down care and is up and receiving physical therapy. Don't look down that long, long road ahead to recovery, be greatful for the present as miracles never end! We should all drop to our knees and bow our heads in prayer for Erin and her unborn baby. Thank you dear God, thank you dear Jesus!
  • by kelly on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    see updated article, she was moved to a step down unit
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 13, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Has there been any news on Erin and the baby???
  • by J a Marine wife Location: Camp Lejeune on Jan 11, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    "They" all make you sick? So every Marines is categorized with the cowards who try to cover up the wrong they have done? You couldn't even use your name. I feel for Erin and I truly hope she comes out of this and is alright and the baby. Him on the other hand, only God can judge him and he will. T if you hear how Erin is please update us and my thoughts & prayers to her family.
  • by T Location: Jacksonville on Jan 7, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    I just love how everyone is so concerned with the story and most don't even send out a sorry to the family but yet bash the military!! Did anyone other than the obvious family member know Erin?? I knew her slightly and she didn't deserve this!! Maybe instead of griping about the society and it's horrible ways you should maybe drop a knee and pray for a hard working woman who almost lost her life!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    Posted by: Anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:45 AM Another proud moment for our so-called "heroes". They all make me sick. People like you make me sick. How dare you say that about people who have sacrificed beyond knowledge for your so called right to make comments like that. He is not justified in his actions, however, he does not represent all and shame on you for making a generalization. Maybe instead of blaming our military you should look to those who are in command and apparently are not providing the help desperately needed for our military to overcome their experiences. I speak from experience. Erin will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  • by Tony Location: USA on Jan 2, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    'Another proud moment for our so-called "heroes". They all make me sick'-Anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 at 01:45 AM That comment itself is ignorant. We don't claim to be heroes but do the job that few will volunteer to do under a time of war. If you don't like the war, blame the leader not us as we are following orders. We are human just like you, we make mistakes just like you and as sad as this situation is, it's no different than if it was a trash collector and his wife. We are who we are... human not gods. I pray that Erin makes a full recovery and comfort to the family.
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