Man pleads no contest to assaulting wife

2014-03-28T13:43:00Z 2014-03-28T22:17:04Z Man pleads no contest to assaulting wifeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man accused of biting and kicking his wife has pleaded no contest to a felony charge of partner or family member assault.

Joel Robert Gonzalez, 53, appeared Friday in Yellowstone County District Court, where Judge Ingrid Gustafson accepted his no contest plea.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Christopher Morris said that if the case were to go to trial, police officers who responded to the assault would testify.

The victim, Gonzalez’s wife, would also testify that her husband bit her on the stomach, kicked her, pulled her hair and threatened to kill her, Morris said.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6.

Officers arrested Gonzalez at the Bourbon Street Motel, 3314 First Ave. N., last Dec. 8, court records state. A breath test showed that he had a blood alcohol content of .30 percent, nearly four times the legal limit for driving, the documents say.

Gonzalez has a criminal record that includes a 2007 manslaughter conviction in Utah, a prior assault conviction and three previous domestic abuse convictions, according to prosecutors.

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