Fall River man sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting pregnant girlfriend

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Jose Delgado, 49, of Fall River, was sentenced to serve three years in prison for the assault and attempted strangling of his pregnant girlfriend in 2015.

Delgado pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault and battery, strangulation of a pregnant woman, attempt to suborn perjury, and intimidation of a witness.

In December of 2015, Somerset Police received a call from the victim reporting a domestic assault.

The assault was happening while she was traveling with Delgado in a vehicle from Fall River to an address in Somerset.

Dispatchers heard the victim screaming “get away from me” and “leave me alone” before losing contact with her.

Upon arrival at the Somerset address, the victim told police that Delgado repeatedly punched her in the face and strangled her with both of his hands around her neck.

Police witnessed injuries to her face and neck.

Delgado allegedly started the assault because of his disbelief that the child she was carrying was his.

A witness sitting in the passenger seat of the car confirmed the victims’ story.

Delgado fled as police arrived but he was arrested later on after returning to the Somerset address.

From December 2015 to January 2016, Delgado called family members while at the Bristol County House of Corrections to try to find out why the witness told police “everything”.

Delgado also warned the victim that he will be held as a danger unless she recants the story.

He also told the victim that he is “going to be in jail for a long time…I need you to try and do right thing and help me out, will you?”

Additionally, he stated that he “can’t tell you what to say because the phone is being recorded” and that “would hang me, but all that stuff in the police report did not happen, you understand, cause if that gets said, I’m done, I mean done!”  “We’re talking years in jail here, not months, years.”

Delgado was sentenced to serve three years in state prison, followed by two years of supervised probation.

“This defendant has a history of committing violent crimes even at the age of 49. He even tried to prevent the domestic violence victim from coming to court,” District Attorney Quinn said. The victim and society need to be protected from this defendant.”

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