Friday, March 8, 2013

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DA SAENZ AND JUDGE LEAL
SEND MESSAGE ON DOMESTIC ABUSE

Valdez Sentenced to 10 years for Aggravated Assault Family Violence For Immediate Release: 3-8-2013

Contact: Melissa A. Zamora Public Information Officer Phone: (956) 550-1457 E-mail: melissa.zamora2@co.cameron.tx.us

Left unrecognizable and unconscious, Marco Antonio Valdez told authorities his victim deserved the injuries she sustained at his home. “And, Valdez received the punishment he more than deserved – 10 years,” said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz. After a pre-sentence investigation, Judge Janet Leal in the 103rd state District Court sentenced Valdez today to 10 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division. Valdez, 21 at the time of the assault, pleaded guilty in February for the first-degree felony of aggravated assault family violence with a deadly weapon. His hands were alleged to be the deadly weapon due to the extent of the victim’s injuries. The victim, age 21, sustained numerous injuries including: Fractured orbital sockets; a fractured jaw; a fractured nasal bone; a subdural hematoma or traumatic brain bleeding, bleeding in the abdominal area; lip lacerations; and other injuries. Facial reconstructive surgery was needed, and the victim remains traumatized from the incident. A visitor to Valdez’s home found the victim on the couch and called police. Both the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department and the Brownsville Police Department responded. Assistant District Attorneys Brandy Bailey and Alejandro Perez prosecuted the case. The victim alleged Valdez has a history of domestic violence, but it went unreported. Valdez had no prior arrests or criminal history. “Our Office is seeking tougher penalties in domestic violence cases, which can quickly turn fatal and/or leave victims and children of victims scarred for life,” Saenz said. “We’re very pleased the Courts are working with us on this.” District Attorney Saenz has launched a domestic violence campaign to address the treatment of such cases to include harsher penalties and marketing of the Office’s firm stance against domestic violence. -

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