On the same day the Los Angeles mayor and his wife launched a campaign against domestic violence, a 42-year-old ex-con who was previously prosecuted for domestic battery pleaded guilty Wednesday to beating a woman he was dating in Costa Mesa.
He was immediately sentenced to a two-year prison term.
Pablo Javier Gomez pleaded guilty to domestic battery causing injury with a prior conviction for violence and criminal threats, both felonies, stemming from the attacked last Oct. 27.
Multiple other felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, were dismissed as a result of his plea.
Gomez pleaded guilty on April 2, 2014, to battery against a cohabitant and corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, both misdemeanors. In that case, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail, three years of informal probation, eight hours of community service and ordered to participate in a domestic violence treatment program.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife unveiled a public awareness program to stop domestic violence, lambasting a sarcastic phrase, “You may now hit the bride.”
–City News Service
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