A man accused of strangling his girlfriend then threatening her if she testified against him has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison, the Yolo County DA’s office announced Monday.
Michael Robert Hernandez III had pleaded no-contest to the charges back on Jan. 24.
The original incidents happened back in October. West Sacramento Police showed up at a home along Circle Drive after getting a report about a fight.
Officers found that Hernandez had pushed a woman to the floor and then strangled her on Oct. 11. He allegedly punched and kicked her while she was on the floor, only to strangle her again – this time until she was unconscious.
Once the woman woke up, Hernandez allegedly threatened to hit her with a black bicycle lock if she used her phone. But, she was eventually able to get to another phone and call for help. By the time police showed up, though, Hernandez had left the area.
The next day, Hernandez called the woman and asked if she was going to testify against him. She said yes, which resulted in him threatening that he was driving around with a gun in his lap, ready to shoot her in the head.
Hernandez was facing two strike-felonies with enhancements of assault by means of force, infliction of great bodily injury during domestic violence and dissuading a witness.