CR man given 40 years for beating estranged wife


A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced to 40 years in prison on charges relating to the brutal beating of his estranged wife.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that 38-year-old Nathan Brocks was convicted by jury in October on charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree kidnapping, domestic assault causing bodily injury and obstruction of emergency communications. He was charged as a habitual felon.

Brocks hadn’t been with his wife for at least two years when he showed up at her apartment on January 6th last year. He had been released from prison three days earlier after being convicted of domestic assault against her.

Brocks reportedly started beating her before she got out of her car, dragged her into her apartment and assaulted her for approximately three hours. The woman, who testified that she drifted in and out of consciousness during the incident, was able to get away briefly and tried to get help from neighbors but was unsuccessful. It was only after he charged her and she sprayed him with half a can of Mace that she was able to escape. She was found lying in the parking lot by neighbors.

Brocks held police outside the apartment until they threatened to release a K9 inside.

The woman suffered two black eyes, a shattered nose, swollen and bruised cheekbones and jaw, a concussion, bruising on her neck and scratches on her back.

Judge Keven McKeever of the 6th Judicial Court ran the kidnapping and assault sentences concurrently to each other and consecutively to the burglary for the total of 40 years.