Man gets probation for choking woman
Vail CO, Colorado
EAGLE ” An illegal immigrant who faced one to three years in prison for choking his girlfriend was sentenced to four years of probation Wednesday, authorities said.
Gustavo Adolfo Aparicio-Romero, 19, of Honduras, saw his ex-girlfriend, 21, also of Honduras, in Nottingham Park and approached her with a knife around noon Aug. 1, Avon police have said. He later tried to strangle her in the stairwell of her mother’s apartment building, police have said.
“We certainly have a different version of what happened,” said Aparicio-Romero’s defense attorney, Jim Fahrenholtz.
Aparicio-Romero said he picked his girlfriend up and the two went to Burger King, where Aparicio-Romero bought her lunch, Fahrenholtz said.
Aparicio-Romero said he and the ex-girlfriend were going upstairs to the ex-girlfriend’s mother’s apartment when she said he could not come in and slapped him, Fahrenholtz said.
He got frustrated, grabbed her and the two fell, he said. The woman wouldn’t let Aparicio-Romero go and he put his hands on her throat, Fahrenholtz said.
The woman, whose name is being withheld, lied because she did not want her mother to know that she had been with Aparicio-Romero, whom she had recently broken up with, Fahrenholtz said.
“My client’s side of the story isn’t anything like she reported,” Fahrenholtz said.
Aparicio-Romero’s sentence was adequate because he has no criminal history, Fahrenholtz said. Aparicio-Romero also has spent more than 120 days in jail after the incident. Fahrenholtz said.
“I thought the judge absolutely did what a typical judge would do under the circumstances,” he said.
Aparicio-Romero pleaded guilty to felony menacing, misdemeanor third-degree assault and domestic violence at a court hearing Nov. 7.
Attempted first-degree murder was included in the police’s original charges against Aparicio-Romero.
That charge was “a huge, huge stretch of the imagination,” Fahrenholtz said.
Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has said prosecutors did not pursue that charge because it could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
Hurlbert did not comment on the sentence Wednesday night.
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