Monday, May 19, 2008
Fernando Orozco-Trevizo Claims His Ex-Girlfriend Wanted To Be Chained To Engine Block, But Judge Sentences Him To Five Years Anyway
In a last-second desperation attempt to mitigate punishment for his client, the attorney for Fernando Orozco-Trevizo claimed that Orozco-Trevizo's girlfriend, Brandy Gonzales, "asked to be tethered as a show of devotion". Defense attorney Jason Poppleton claimed it was a bizarre and unusual arrangment, but there was no kidnapping. But Third District Judge Randall Skanchy wasn't impressed and sentenced Orozo-Trevizo to five years in prison, followed by deportation, since he is also an illegal alien. Full story in the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Previous posts on this case HERE and HERE.
The original second-degree felony kidnapping charge was dismissed last month against Fernando Orozco-Trevizo, 32, who pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony assault for beating and choking Gonzales. But Poppleton's issue during the May 19th sentencing hearing was that the prosecutor's request for prison time for his client rather than immediate deportation to Mexico was improperly based on the kidnapping charge. However, the judge rejected the argument, noting that not only was Orozco-Trevizo in the country illegally, but was found to have nine different aliases.
Poppleton had also argued the victim admitted during an interview with himself and prosecutor Alicia Cook that Orozco-Trevizo had tried to kick Gonzales out, but she begged him not to kick her out. As for the engine block, "that whole ordeal was her idea," Poppleton said.
But Cook countered that although Gonzales did not protest at the outset of the chaining episode, there came a time when she did ask to be freed. Throwing open the door, Cook said, was "a demonstration of the power [Orozco-Trevizo] had over" his victim.
Orozco-Trevizo, concerned that Gonzales may have been having an affair behind his back, bought the 20-foot dog chain on November 6th, 2008, and began chaining the woman by the ankle while he was at work. He also nailed all the windows shut in the apartment. The woman was rescued on December 7th, after she got the attention of a neighbor through a window, and wrote "call 911" in condensation. Orozco-Trevizo was arrested four days later while working on a Daybreak construction site in South Jordan.
Commentary: This is exactly the type of human garbage we do NOT want in this country. This scumbag exploits and abuses a woman, then, after getting caught, tries to claim that she "asked for it". In addition, he had nine aliases; no word on whether or not he stole any of those aliases from anyone else. Illegal aliens are the major perpetrators of identity theft in the United States.