A man who attacked his estranged wife’s mother in an effort to get his wife to return to him was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
State Supreme Court on Justice Deborah Haendiges told Felix Velazquez, 31, that she was not happy with the limitation on her sentencing range, but that her first priority was to assure his wife’s family was safe, and then to hold him accountable.
The attack happened June 5, 2016. Velazquez used a cord to choke Alicia Martinez into unconsciousness before pushing her down a flight of stairs into the basement and beating her in the head with an aluminum baseball bat.
Assistant District Attorney Cathleen M. Roemer told the judge that the victim’s skull was so shattered and bloody that responders at first thought she had suffered a bullet wound.
Martinez, her daughter and her three grandchildren moved to Puerto Rico after Martinez recovered. They are now coping with the aftereffects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and have been unable to assist since then in the prosecution, Roemer said.
Velazquez, originally charged with attempted murder, assault an strangulation, pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the first degree.