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Serial domestic abuser gets 40 years for assault

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Luis Rocha, of Plano, received 40 years in prison for assault family violence with a prior family violence conviction, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.

On March 29, 2014, Rocha and his girlfriend got in a car accident while Rocha was driving intoxicated.  Once they got home from the accident, Rocha's girlfriend attempted to hide the car keys so that he would no longer be able to drive. Rocha quickly became upset and began punching and kicking the victim in the head and body. He also bit the victim multiple times on her back and head and smashed a coffee table over the victim as she lay on the ground.

The victim didn't initially call the police out of fear of Rocha retaliating, but when the pain from the assault became too great to bear, she went to the hospital. The hospital staff immediately recognized that she had been assaulted and contacted an officer in the facility who reported the assault to dispatch. The case was investigated by Plano Detective Steve Young.

The jury returned a guilty verdict today for assault family violence with a prior family violence conviction. Rocha had been previously convicted of multiple felonies including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft, and injury to a child. Rocha had been to prison on three separate occasions, and had abused other women in the past. After the jury found him guilty, Rocha agreed to a 40-year sentence.

Prosecutors Wes Wynne and Brandon Wonnacott prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Mike Smith.