Strangulation charge lands Rose Creek man in jail

Published 7:45 am Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Rose Creek man has been sentenced to 365 days in Mower County Jail for choking his girlfriend.

Geronimo Deluna, 34, was found guilty of gross misdemeanor domestic assault by strangulation, while other charges — including felony domestic assault by strangulation and a charge for overworking animals — were dropped.

Deluna choked his girlfriend after she became upset that Deluna was instructing his dog to attack other dogs in the home. According to Deluna’s roommates, Deluna had recently been training his dog to fight.

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Deluna was bit by his dog during the incident and was treated at Austin Medical Center for the injury.

His girlfriend had bruising on her neck and legs, along with blood covering her sweatshirt, but she was not treated.

The couple has been together for seven years and this is the fifth time Deluna has been reported for a domestic incident.

The jail sentence is to be served concurrently with the parole violation that Deluna is already serving.