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Luna given year for beating girlfriend
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A man who beat up his girlfriend after an attempt at reconciliation failed has been sentenced to a year behind bars.
The defendant, Robert Justin Luna, 30, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the reduced charge of assault. He was directed to serve his 11-month, 29-day sentence for the misdemeanor at 75 percent, meaning he will be required to serve nine months before theoretically being given probation. He was originally charged with aggravated assault, a crime that would have cost him three to six years in prison.
According to the victim, the couple had been sitting in a car together for hours, trying to work out their problems. However, when they could not work things out, she was ordered out of the car by Luna.
“As she was walking down Red Road, she could hear him running up from behind her,” the warrant against Luna reads. “He threw her to the ground and grabbed her hair.”
The victim reportedly pulled out a cellphone while being attacked to call for help but Luna allegedly tried to get it away from her. When he could not, the warrant says he put her in a military-style choke hold. His attack was interrupted by a motorist.
“At that time, a passing motorist saw the incident and he released her,” the warrant reads. “He then ran from the scene.”
Police validated her claim of the assault by noting injuries to her elbow, arm and swelling of her neck.