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Victoria man sentenced to prison for beating stepchildren

By Gheni_Platenburg
Aug. 30, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.


A Victoria man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for aggravated assault after a Monday morning trial.

Jesse Rodriguez, Jr., 32, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison for two counts of aggravated assault against two of his stepchildren.

He was also sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of injury to a child.

The hearing was held in Judge Robert Cheshire's courtroom.

The victims testified that Rodriguez was angry with them for being at a friend's house, even though he had given them permission to be there.

He beat both boys, aged 14 and 10, while in his truck, with his fists. He then stopped at a local bar and pulled the boys out of the truck and repeatedly kicked and punched both boys on their heads and torso.

The beating continued when they arrived at home.

Assistant District Attorney Elí Garza prosecuted the case.

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