Gila River man gets prison for beating pregnant girlfriend

Phoenix, Arizona (AP)

A member of the Gila River Indian Community has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for severely beating his pregnant girlfriend.

Prosecutors said last week that 29-year-old Phillip Gomez was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Phoenix. He was convicted in May for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping.

Evidence at trial showed that Gomez beat, kicked and punched his girlfriend for a period of three to four hours. He also allegedly dragged her around the home by her hair and beat her with a stereo speaker.

Prosecutors say Gomez fled when the victim’s mother arrived home and called tribal police. Authorities say the unidentified victim was airlifted to a hospital with more than 40 bruises to her body and three severe facial lacerations.



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