Sonoma County Man Sentenced In Machete Attack

SANTA ROSA (CBS / AP) — A Sonoma County man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to kill his girlfriend with a machete.

After being convicted in March of attempted murder, mayhem and other charges, Sonoma County prosecutors say Javier Gonzalez-Rodriguez on Thursday was ordered to serve the maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months.

During his trial, prosecutors told jurors that Gonzalez-Rodriguez tried to kill the 26-year-old woman in August 2009 when he attacked her with a machete at a homeless camp where the two lived.

The woman, according to investigators, was trying to end their relationship before she was attacked.

She survived the attack, but suffered a skull fracture and fractures in her hand. Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Gonzalez-Rodriguez will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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