A Lubbock man who was sentenced to prison for attacking his girlfriend has had his sentence updated. 43-year-old Jesus Bocanegra was sentenced back in 2017 for physically assaulting his then girlfriend just after sexually assaulting her. Bocanegra is said to have repeatedly punched the woman in the face while proceeding to strangle her and then biting her chin.
KAMC news reports that while biting her chin is when Bocanegra actually bit a piece of her flesh and then threatened her with a boxcutter before cutting her. That woman was cut on her arms and face with serious damage received to her left eye as Bocanegra stated he would kill her and disfigure her to the point that
no man would ever love her again
Bocanegra did flee the scene by the time the Lubbock Police Department and EMS arrived but he was captured a week later. He did tell police that he acted in self-defense and that his girlfriend was responsible for the injuries that she received.
The reason that the case was recently overturned on the appeal is due in part that the appellate court determined that Bocanegra's previous attorney was ineffective during the original sentencing process. The new defense attorney, Chris Schulte, working on Bocanegra's case states that the previous guilty verdict of 35 years in prison has been replaced by a plea deal along with a 20 year sentence.