Grass Valley man charged with murder for beating death |

Grass Valley man charged with murder for beating death

A 45-year-old Grass Valley man died in the hospital today after sustaining serious injuries in a beating by another man who accused him of having an affair with his estranged wife, the Sheriff reported today.

Victim Donald Gene Sullivan was in critical condition Tuesday morning, surrounded by his family at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He died this afternoon after being removed from life support, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Grass Valley area transient Clifford McDonough, 38, is in custody at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, charged with Sullivan’s murder.

“(McDonough) went to the home of his wife on the 10,000 block of Robin Avenue in an attempt to reconcile, and she said she wanted a divorce,” Royal said. “He accused her of an affair, which she denied.”

McDonough allegedly went across the street to a travel trailer where Sullivan lived.

“(McDonough) confronted the victim and physically beat him,” Royal said. “The victim’s eyes were blackened to the point where you couldn’t see his eyes.”

McDonough then allegedly went back to his wife’s house and beat her about the head with his fists and kicked her in the ribcage, he said. Her injuries are not life-threatening, Royal said.

Paramedics arrived to Sullivan’s travel home and he stopped breathing while they treated him, Royal said. He said the medical technicians were able to resuscitate Sullivan and transported him to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

At about 3 a.m., the Sullivan was stable enough to be transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Sullivan died this afternoon, surrounded by his family, Royal said.

Deputies arrested McDonough Monday night at a home near the victims travel trailer, Royal said. He is charged with murder, according to the sheriff’s office.

Information will be updated as it is received.

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