A Corpus Christi man with a history of violence will be going to prison for the next 25 years, after a ruling at a sentencing hearing on Friday.
Nicolas Garcia, 28, who acted as his own lawyer during his trial, was found guilty of aggravated assault and felony family violence last week by a jury.
In August of last year, Garcia beat his girlfriend, Stephanie Carballeira, with his fists, leaving her disfigured.
"Stephanie now has a titanium plate in her face, holding it together with eight screws," Assistant District Attorney Gail Glimer Lobe said. "And he pounded on her so many times, and so hard, that he severed that facial nerve and she still, here we are a year later and after surgery, still has no feeling on half the side of her face."
During the trial, Garcia said he had a contract with the victim to provide him with services.
"The language in the contract distinguishes the principal of marriage, and the true nature of what it means," Garcia said. "It is correspondent with Gods idea of marriage."
At Friday's sentencing, prosecutors noted that Garcia spoke a lot, but never once apologized to the victim. He will have to spend at least half of his 25-year prison term before being considered for parole. He could have received up to life.
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