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CLEVELAND -- The man who beat his former girlfriend with a hammer while their children slept across the hall has been sentenced to 14 years in jail.

Seven months ago, John Whitfieldlocked his ex-girlfriend in her room, then went in with pepper spray and a hammer.

He blinded her with the spray and then beat her repeatedly in the head with the hammer.

Wednesday morning,he went before a judge and pleaded guilty.

His sentence was the maximum allowed by law -- fourteen years in prison and five years probation.

It's been a long seven months for Arela Leidy and her family, but Wednesday certainly offered closure.

Leidy, due to the beatings, has limited ability to speak. She recently re-learned how to walk and do basic skills.

Because of the need for her constant supervision, Leidy's parents have moved in with her.

While healing is still a long road ahead, Leidy is proficient with a computer, along with texting, and intends to return to Cleveland State University to finish her degree.