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Rockwell man guilty only of assault in violent domestic incident

This news story was published on March 15, 2016.
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ROCKWELL – A Rockwell man arrested earlier for felony domestic assault involving strangulation has taken a plea deal to a lesser charge.

Victor Mateo Lopez, age 24, had been arrested late in the evening of July 21, 2015, in Rockwell when a deputy responded to a domestic abuse situation in which Lopez allegedly struck a woman multiple times and impeded her breathing. For those alleged actions, Lopez was charged with felony domestic abuse assault involving strangulation.

In addition, a language barrier supposedly prevented Lopez from understanding his Miranda Rights when they were read to him by a deputy and he was accused of providing a fake name to the arresting deputy. This led to a charge of providing false information. He was jailed that night and a court date was set.

After being released from jail, Lopez failed to appear in court on August 18 and a warrant for his arrest was issued by a judge. Hampton police caught up with Lopez on October 1 and he was brought back to the Cerro Gordo county jail. An interpreter was appointed by a judge. Lopez pleaded not guilty on October 20 and was held in jail for months.

Finally, on March 11, Lopez entered a guilty plea to assault and was given a 30 day jail sentence and was released from jail, apparently for time-served. In addition, court records show he was ordered to pay $5,675.15 in fines and court costs; he made a payment of $5,000 as a bond he posted previously and then skipped his court arraignment. That bond payment was then forfeited to the courts.

The charge of providing false information was dismissed by a judge.



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7 Responses to Rockwell man guilty only of assault in violent domestic incident

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

    AS Ohio boy Kasiach said – We ALL have to come together = a stinkin LIBERAL who could screw up TRUMPS presidency bid – This guy is a demorat plant. Kasiasch or whatever. They found a huge oil deposit in Ohio and his state has money to burn unlike the other 49 that are going down the toilet – Him being governor at the time has nothing to do with a fine budget – He’s a knot head LIBERAL.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      He is a establishment lackey and nothing more. A vote for him is a vote to continue with the crap we have now.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

    If he doesn’t speak English he is not a citizen. Send him back where he came from. He has already shown he has no respect for our laws.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

    So u can beat some one up and claim u didn’t understand it that be he beat up a pregnant women in front of her children and got away with it wow what a great court system we have here in mason city

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    GetALife!! Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Oh Allen u always got alot to say! Nothing intelligent to Say the least, but steady yappin your trap!!! Quit being Racist n get a life n a hobby!!! Your wife must find u VERY BORING!!!!!! If u even managed to find someone lame enuff to tolerate an ASS like yourself !!!

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Look at this smug SOB, He can’t speak English, but he figured out how to work the system. Was he checked for a green card.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    That’s bs