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Texas man sentenced to 10 years for beating pregnant girlfriend

Michael Alegria was 36 when he beat up his pregnant girlfriend at a motel in San Leone. For the attack, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas. On Wednesday, a man, Alvin, was found guilty of beating his pregnant girlfriend in 2021. He also learned his sentence.

Michael Alegria agreed to spend 10 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.

What happened

On June 8, 2021, Galveston County sheriff’s deputies answered an emergency call after receiving reports of an attack on a motel in San Leone.

According to the victim, her boyfriend Alegria showed up at the motel and immediately started beating her.

The couple had an argument the night before, and when Alegria, 36, showed up the next day, he punched her in the head and face, stabbed her in the back with a frying pan, and held a knife to her throat, pinning her down on the bed.

The victim was six months pregnant at the time of the attack.

Trial

Alegria was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony in the second degree.

His trial began on 24 January. The victim testified about the ill-treatment she was subjected to.

Photographs of her injuries, including bruises on her face, neck and back, were also shown in court.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on Alegria on Wednesday.

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