A 19-year-old man who found his mother at home with someone other than his father now will do nine months in jail for assaulting and threatening to kill the man.
Jimmy Gregorio Guzman of Connell pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to third-degree assault and felony harassment.
According to Connell police and court documents, Guzman walked into his parents' Connell home on Nov. 24 to find Jose Romero-Gonzalez there.
Guzman, in his plea statement, said he was visiting his mother and that Romero-Gonzalez, 24, is "not my father."
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"I assaulted him and negligently caused him bodily harm," he wrote in his plea statement. "Also, I threatened to kill him. I'm sorry for my actions."
When Leticia Ledezma realized her son was there, she reportedly handed Romero-Gonzalez her car keys, and told him to go out the back door and leave. He then ran out the back door, but Guzman caught up to him in the alley behind the Connell Park Estates trailer.
Guzman jumped on Romero-Gonzalez when he fell to the ground, told him he was going to kill him and stabbed the man in the back of his head with a 4-inch gold pocket knife, documents said.
Romero-Gonzalez was able to free himself and get into the car, while Ledezma called to her son. But as Romero-Gonzalez was leaving, Guzman yelled that if the man told the cops he would kill him, court documents said.
Ledezma quickly joined Romero-Gonzalez in the car and they drove off together to Sun Mart, 660 Columbia Road, to get help.
Connell Officer Milkar B. Gutierrez responded to the convenience store at 2:55 p.m. for a possible disturbance. Dispatchers informed Gutierrez that they had received a call from the business saying a man was bleeding from the head and it appeared the woman with him "was trying to get him not to say anything," documents said.
Sun Mart employees also requested an ambulance for the man.
Gutierrez said he arrived to find Romero-Gonzalez holding his head in his hands, with blood covering his hands, shirt and face. He separated the victim from the woman -- later identified as Ledezma -- and noticed a 11/2-inch wound to his head, along with minor scrapes to his forearm from falling on gravel and a bump near his left pinkie finger, court documents said.
Romero-Gonzalez reportedly told the officer he believes Guzman "is capable and willing to kill him," and he fears for his life because of possible retaliation.
Guzman originally was charged with second-degree assault, but Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn told the court "it is in the best interests of justice" to amend it third-degree as a result of negotiations with the defense. Hultgrenn said it is appropriate since Guzman has "no prior assaultive felony criminal history" and is willing to plead guilty to the lesser offense.
Guzman's criminal convictions include taking a vehicle without permission and residential burglary, both in 2007.
He was ordered to have no contact with Romero-Gonzalez.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; firstname.lastname@example.org