A Longmont man was sentenced to 24 years in jail Monday for beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend.
Reo Thomas Contreras, 39, pleaded responsible in July to first-degree assault and tampering with a witness.
Contreras strangled the lady, additionally the mom of his little one, in October 2018, based on a information launch from the Boulder County District Legal professional’s workplace, marking the third time he had strangled her since March that 12 months.
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The sufferer’s good friend reported the assault regardless of the sufferer worrying that reporting would solely make the state of affairs worse. The sufferer was taken to a hospital the place she discovered Contreras tore an artery in her neck, placing her in danger for a stroke, based on the affidavit.
“Strangulation is one in every of, if not the, most violent and brutal types of assault,” Senior Deputy District Legal professional Ryan Day mentioned within the launch. “Analysis exhibits it usually precedes murder within the home violence context. I’m grateful to the sufferer’s good friend for reporting this assault and to the Longmont Police Division for its efforts to carry the defendant accountable. They doubtless saved the sufferer’s life.”
Contreras was nonetheless on probation on the time of the reported assault after pleading responsible to second-degree assault stemming from a separate incident with the identical girl. Contreras was sentenced to 2 years of probation and 103 days of jail time served on that case, and was legally restrained from being close to the lady or her little one.
“This sentence is what justice required, notably given the prior assaults,” District Legal professional Michael Dougherty said within the launch. “This strangulation case illustrates how harmful home violence could be and why it’s a prime precedence for our workplace.”