A jury was seated Tuesday for the trial of an ex-con from Desert Hot Springs who allegedly beat and sexually assaulted his girlfriend shortly after being released from jail.
Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice in the trial of Jorge Dagoberto Gilbert, 35. He is charged with nearly a half-dozen felony counts, including attempted murder, torture, forcible sexual penetration, false imprisonment and making criminal threats
Gilbert was initially arrested on March 29, 2018, for allegedly leading police on a pursuit and for being in possession of a gun and illegal fireworks. After being released around 8 a.m. the following morning on $10,000 bail, he tracked down his girlfriend and accused her of cheating on him while he was in custody, according to an arrest warrant declaration.
He then allegedly tied her up with a phone cord, sexually assaulted her, punched, choked and burned her with a heated methamphetamine pipe, and stabbed her in the leg and hand, according to the declaration, which states that he told her he was going to “bury her.”
The girlfriend fled and asked a neighbor to call police, the declaration states.
If convicted of all charges, Gilbert could face a possible life sentence, according to Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall.
Gilbert is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
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