Ceres man convicted of beating his pregnant girlfriend

08/28/2013 4:20 PM

08/28/2013 11:19 PM

A Ceres man has been convicted of brutally beating his pregnant girlfriend after she told him she wanted to end the relationship.

Ricardo Jesus Cisneros, 24, pleaded no contest Aug. 23 to felony domestic violence. He is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison as part of a plea deal, according to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

The judge scheduled Cisneros' sentencing hearing Sept. 23 in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

On May 12, Cisneros' girlfriend, who was five months pregnant, told him she was breaking up with him. Prosecutors said Cisneros responded by saying, "No one breaks up with me," before hitting her in the neck with a metal rod.

The defendant then slapped his girlfriend in the face and punched her in the nose until she lost consciousness, according to Deputy District Attorney Beth O'Hara Owen, who prosecuted the case.

When the victim regained consciousness, Cisneros ordered her to wash blood from the walls and floor. He told his girlfriend, "Get up and clean up your blood or I'll kill you. There's already a crime scene," according to Owen.

Prosecutors said the victim, fearing for her life, cleaned up the blood. She later escaped and went to the hospital for treatment.

The defendant had a prior domestic violence conviction and two previous prison sentences.

When he attacked his girlfriend, Cisneros was on post-release community supervision on another felony case for which he had been sentenced to three years in prison, according to the district attorney's office.

That means Cisneros was released from prison and monitored by county probation officers instead of state parole agents. The supervision of inmates released from prison changed in October 2011, when the state's prison realignment plan was implemented.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or (209) 578-2394. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeCourts.

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