Ar­royo Grande man sen­tenced to 2 life terms for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY NICK WIL­SON AND MATT FOUN­TAIN Nick Wil­son: 805-781-7922, @Nick­Wil­sonTrib

A 28-year-old Ar­royo Grande man was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to two con­sec­u­tive life terms in prison for his guilty plea re­lated to a bru­tal do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at­tack in Septem­ber 2017 near Lake Lopez, ac­cord­ing to the county District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Al­berto Isaac Gon­za­lez-Pe­naloza pleaded guilty in Jan­uary to two counts of at­tempted mur­der for stab­bing and beat­ing two women on a remote prop­erty near Lopez Lake in 2017.

Deputies be­gan search­ing for Gon­za­lez-Pe­naloza on Sept. 9, 2017, as the women were be­ing trans­ported to nearby hos­pi­tals.

A search of the area in­volv­ing a CHP he­li­copter, a SWAT team, an ar­mored ve­hi­cle and dogs, lasted about two hours.

Un­der cur­rent law, the de­fen­dant won’t be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­til he has served 22 years, the DA’s Of­fice said in a press re­lease.

The court is­sued a crim­i­nal pro­tec­tive or­der pro­hibit­ing him from con­tact­ing the vic­tim for 10 years, the max­i­mum al­lowed by law. The court also or­dered the de­fen­dant to pay more than $13,000 in resti­tu­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the DA, a vic­tim im­pact state­ment was read aloud by the pros­e­cu­tor, in which the vic­tim said, “The dam­age he has caused me is an ev­ery­day strug­gle. It has been emo­tion­ally, psy­cho­log­i­cally, phys­i­cally and fi­nan­cially dam­ag­ing. The dev­as­tat­ing suf­fer­ing I en­dured from the im­pact the de­fen­dant has cre­ated has rerouted my life emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally.”

Judge Jac­que­line Duffy told the vic­tim that she is “in­cred­i­bly brave and in­cred­i­bly re­silient,” the DA’s Of­fice said.

In his plea agree­ment, Gon­za­lez-Pe­naloza also ad­mit­ted in­flict­ing great bod­ily in­jury, us­ing a firearm, and us­ing a knife, the DA Of­fice said.

Al­berto Isaac Gon­za­lezPe­naloza

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