At a sentencing hearing Friday, Feb. 14, a Pickerington man was ordered to spend the next 21 years of his life behind bars, the result of a series of horrific beatings he administered to his live-in girlfriend in October 2013.
Fairfield County Common Pleas Judge Chris Martin sentenced Dustin Elizondo two weeks after was found guilty at trial on three counts of attempted murder stemming from the incident Oct. 8 in Pickerington.
It was that day Elizondo, 22, severely beat and strangled his girlfriend for four hours inside their apartment in Pickerington.
Pickerington Police Detective Bryan Bragg was dispatched to the address. He said the victim was choked several times, had extensive bruises and was unable to walk at the time.
Martin also found Elizondo guilty of five counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies; and one count of abduction, a third-degree felony, Jan. 29.
In addition, Elizondo was found guilty of three counts of misdemeanor domestic violence and one misdemeanor assault charge.
He was given a 130-day sentence on one of the domestic violence counts, but was credited with time served.
Martin merged all of the counts into four separate charges at the sentencing hearing.
The Pickerington Police Department had arrested Elizondo before, for committing an assault against the same victim in July 2012, also at the same address.
Court records indicate he was subsequently convicted and served 10 days in jail for that offense.