A 40-year-old Plano man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for assault
family violence, with a prior conviction for family violence, said Colin
County District Attorney Greg Willis on Sep. 23.
On March 29, 2014, L. Rocha, of Plano, was driving a vehicle with his girlfriend
as passenger when he got into a car accident. Rocha was driving under
the influence at the time of the crash. Once the couple arrived home,
Rocha’s girlfriend tried to hide the car keys so Rocha wouldn’t
be able to drive.
The girlfriend’s attempt to hide the keys enraged Rocha, who began
punching and kicking her in the head and body. He also bit her multiple
times on the head and back, and smashed a coffee table on her body as
she lay on the ground.
At first, Rocha’s girlfriend did not call the police out of fear
that he would retaliate, but the pain from the assault was too much to
bear, so she eventually went to the hospital.
At the hospital, the staff immediately recognized that she was a victim
of an assault and contacted an officer at the hospital, who reported the
attack to dispatch. The detective on the case was Steve Young, the
Plano Star Courier reported.
On Wednesday, Sep. 23, the jury came back with a guilty verdict for assault
family violence with a prior family violence conviction. Before this latest incident,
Rocha was convicted of a string of felonies, including injury to a child,
theft, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Rocha has previously been to prison three times, and has a history of abusing
women. After he was found guilty by the jury, Rocha was sentenced to 40
years in prison.
The prosecutors on Rocha’s case were Wes Wynne and Brandon Wonnacott,
assisted by Mike Smith, a district attorney investigator.
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