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Gang member sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his wife

By FROM NEWS RELEASE
March 1, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.

A Victoria man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday.

Octavio Olivares, 33, was also sentenced to two years in state jail for evading arrest/detention with a vehicle.

The sentences will run concurrently.

District Judge Robert Cheshire sentenced the defendant after a two-day trial.

Olivares was charged from a Sept. 20, 2009 incident in which he beat his wife after she made a joke about another gang member.

The defendant felt like his wife had insulted the gang member, prompting Olivares to cut her face with a knife, according to a news release.

That night, the defendant also beat his wife repeatedly while their children listened in an adjoining room.

The victim's 13-year-old daughter testified her mother was beaten by the defendant for the majority of the night, said assistant district attorney Eli E. Garza in the news release.

A second assault occurred in July 2010.

According to testimony, Olivares had recently been given the leadership position of the local Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos street gang after Raul "Racing Bull" Gonzales was arrested. He was sentenced to life in prison for engaging in organized criminal activity last year.

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