Santa Rosa, CA – April 28, 2015 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Henry Gomez-Flores,
-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 11 years and 4 months in state prison.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, "The defendant's actions in this case caused lasting injury to his victim and put the entire community at risk. We are pleased with the court's sentence, and with the fact that he will not be a threat to the community for many years to come."
The charges resulted from two separate felony cases. The first case arose when the defendant stole a vehicle and then attempted to evade the police while driving under the influence. The second case, which happened while the defendant was out-on-bail in the first case, involved the defendant striking his girlfriend in the face necessitating 17 stitches under her eye.
In the latter case the defendant admitted enhancements for causing great bodily injury and for committing the offense while out-on-bail. Also, the defendant admitted a prior "strike" offense for a previous conviction for making criminal threats in a domestic violence case. The defendant must serve 85% of his current sentence, and now has a second "strike" offense as a result of the domestic violence with great bodily injury.
The domestic violence case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Honigsberg. The evading and DUI case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chris Brown of the District Attorney's Vertical DUI Unit. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Petaluma Police Department headed the investigation.