L.A. Cop Convicted After Lighting Girlfriend's Hair on Fire
An ex-Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputy was sentenced to a year behind bars after he brutally attacked his girlfriend multiple times, prosecutors said.
On Oct. 22, 34-year-old Alejandro Flores, at the time an off-duty cop, broke the victim's nose, according to allegations made by the Orange County District Attorney's Office. On June 28, he pushed the victim, who has not been identified, into a wall at the residence they shared in Buena Park, the office alleged.
"The defendant hit Jane Doe on the top of her head with his fist and grabbed her neck, causing the victim to fall to the ground," prosecutors stated. "The defendant dragged the victim into the kitchen after she attempted to get away from him. Flores forcibly held the victim over the stove and turned on the gas burner, causing the victim’s hair to catch on fire."
Prosecutors alleged that Flores then threatened more violence if the victim went to authorities. He injured her by throwing her phone at her leg, then he grabbed an "off-duty" firearm and used it as a tacit threat to prevent her from leaving, they said.
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The next day she reported the attack to Buena Park police. Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Flores has been "relieved of duty."
Today, the deputy pleaded guilty to allegations of domestic battery, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, aggravated assault, making criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and false imprisonment.
A sentencing enhancement for using a gun during the latest attack was also affirmed, the O.C. District Attorney's Office said.
In addition to receiving a sentence of a year in county jail, his plea also got Flores five years of formal probation, eight hours of community service, mandatory time in a domestic violence program, and an order to pay undisclosed restitution to the victim, prosecutors said.
The D.A.'s office says it objects to the jail sentence because prosecutors wanted the ex-lawman to spend his time in state prison.
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