Man sentenced to prison

A Whitehall man who forced his way into his ex-wife’s home and brutally beat her earlier this year received a 14 year prison sentence Friday.

AWashingtonCountyjudge imposed the sentence on Ruben-Morales Lopez, 33, after hearing from the victim and reviewing a pre-sentence report.

The victim, Julie Morales told the judge that she was choked until she was unconscious and beaten to the point where she suffered a ruptured ear drum and needed several staples to close a would on her head.

The attack occurred on April 11 after a drunken Morales-Lopez forced his way into the home believing his ex-wife was with another man.

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 attack occurred while the victim’s two young children were in the home.

Morales said she still suffers from dizzy spells and ear problems stemming from the incident.

Morales-Lopez apologized to the victim, calling the attack a “big mistake.”

He also told the judge he never committed any prior crimes, when in fact he was arrested in 2009 for robbing and attacking a pregnant girlfriend.

Morales-Lopez had pleaded guilty last month to first-degree burglary with the understanding that he would serve a sentence between 10 and 14 years.

However, after hearing from the victim, the judge opted for the higher end of the sentence, with Morales-Lopez to serve an additional five years on parole when he is released.

 

 

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