Local man sentenced for assualting ex-wife

A local man who illegally entered his ex-wife’s home and beat her until she was unconscious will spend up to 14 years in prison.

Ruben Morales Lopez, 33, pleaded guilty to first degree burglary in the May 30 incident on Route 4.

During the attack, Morales Lopez struck the victim several times, choked her and threatened her with a pair of scissors. She suffered several facial injuries before others in the home intervened and stopped the attack.

The victim’s two children were in the home at the time.

Morales Lopez will serve between 10 and 14 years in prison with two and a half to five years on parole.

Morales Lopez was also charged with robbery and assault stemming from an attack on a different woman in Nov. 2009.

Morales Lopez is currently in Washington County Jail awaiting sentencing.

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