SUSPECT IN SERIES OF ATTACKS ON WOMEN GETS LIFE SENTENCE
Coria-Gonzalez ‘was never going to stop,’ prosecutor says.
A man accused in a series of attacks against women in North Austin was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.
Nicodemo Coria-Gonzalez, 27, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault this week in connection to an attack on a 56-year-old woman along an isolated dirt path in April 2016. DNA evidence linked Coria-Gonzalez to the crime.
After the sentence was read, the victim in the case took the witness stand and told Coria-Gonzalez she had forgiven him.
“I’m thankful for this storm you put me through because without it I wouldn’t know my strength, my self worth and my power,” she said.
After the conviction, the jury also heard from other women accusing Coria-Gonzalez in three additional cases. In all, police say he attacked seven women over a seven-month period begin- ning in December 2015.
The jury also assessed a $1,000 fine to Coria-Gonzalez, a Mexican national who has been deported five times.
Prosecutor Amy Meredith said each of the four cases her team presented to the jury contained forensic evidence pointing to Coria-Gonzalez as the suspect.
“He was definitely a pred- ator,” she said. “When you put (all the cases) together, you could see his violent nature. He was never going to stop.”
Coria-Gonzalez came up on police’s radar in the summer of 2016 after a woman said she was stabbed by a man who had taken her to a convenience store for cigarettes. Detectives pulled surveillance video from the store and discovered the woman had arrived in a 1999 Acura, which was traced back to Coria-Gonzalez.
Coria-Gonzalez’s relatives testified in the trial’s sentencing phase that alcohol influenced his criminal behavior.