FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking his estranged wife with a hammer after she rejected his proposal that they reconcile.
Sixty-nine-year-old Raul H. Garcia was sentenced Monday by an Allen Superior Court judge who gave him 218 days' credit for time served in the Allen County Jail. Garcia had previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery.
The Journal Gazette reports police say Garcia came to Fort Wayne from North Carolina in July so his wife could sign divorce papers, but instead asked if they could reconcile.
Prosecutors say Garcia started to choke his wife and then hit her repeatedly with a hammer after she rejected his proposal and began laughing at him.
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