don't get involved with a woman? nah, just don't threaten and hold them against their will. move on. seven years does sound really rough, especially if he doesn't have a criminal history, but i don't know the details of the case.
women are extremely protected by the law (don't take that the wrong way, not advocating women beating here), but i have a hard time seeing a judge dish out seven years if there wasn't substantial physical evidence and witness accounts. again, could be wrong...justice system has fvcked up plenty of times for that to be true.
anyway, amusing/funny the way he kept looking at the lawyer incredulously like, 'yo, you gonna fix this right?'