Victoria man sentenced to 30 years in prison for burglary of a habitation

Sept. 7, 2011 at 4:07 a.m.


A Victoria man was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 years in prison for burglary of a habitation during which he assaulted three women.

During a trial before District Judge Robert Cheshire James Lewis Soliz, 46, was found guilty of three counts of burglary of a habitation.

Cheshire sentenced him after a punishment hearing.

On Jan. 26, the Victoria Police Department responded to 1204 S. Laurent St. after several callers reported hearing crashing noises and screaming coming from a house, according to a Victoria County District Attorney's Office news release.

Jacquelyn Gonzalez called 911 after she saw the defendant, who was related to the occupants of the home, kick in the front door and smash his fist through a window of her sister's home.

Gonzalez detailed for the dispatcher how the defendant then beat her and two other women in the home.

"Because the victims were closely related to the defendant, it was difficult for them to testify, however, they chose to confront an individual who showed them no mercy the night of the assaults," Assistant District Attorney Elí E. Garza said in the news release.

Noting that the defendant had beaten the women in front of young children, Cheshire rejected Soliz's request for probation.



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