BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — Left unrecognizable and unconscious, Marco Antonio Valdez told authorities his victim deserved the injuries she sustained at his home.
Valdez, 21 at the time of the May 6, 2012 assault, pleaded guilty today before he could face a jury. He may receive five to 99 years, or life in prison, for the first-degree felony of aggravated assault date/family/house violence with a deadly weapon. His hands were alleged to be the deadly weapon due to the extent of the victim’s injuries.
Judge Janet Leal ordered a pre-sentence investigation and will decide his fate at the punishment hearing March 1 in the 103rd state District Court.
The victim, age 21, sustained numerous injuries including: Fractured orbital sockets; a fractured jaw; a fractured nasal bone; a subdural hematoma or traumatic brain bleeding, bleeding in the abdominal area; lip lacerations; and other injuries. Facial reconstructive surgery was needed, and the victim remains traumatized from the incident.
A visitor to Valdez’s home found the victim on the couch and called police. Both the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department and the Brownsville Police Department responded.
Assistant District Attorneys Brandy Bailey and Alejandro Perez are the prosecutors in the case. The victim alleges Valdez has a history of domestic violence, but it went unreported.
“All too often such violent domestic violence incidents go unreported, or defendants receive a slap on the hand,” said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz. “These incidents can quickly turn fatal and/or scar victims for life.”
District Attorney Saenz has launched a domestic violence campaign to address the treatment of such cases to include harsher penalties and marketing of the Office’s firm stance against domestic violence.