Man who stabbed girlfriend gets three-decade sentence
December 18, 2015
A man who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend at a home in Cambria has received a prison sentence of 31 years and eight months.
Brian Michael Rodriguez, 26, stabbed his pregnant girlfriend multiple times in July 2014 while the couple was visiting friends and Rodriguez was heavily intoxicated. Rodriguez previously stabbed her on four other occasions, leaving the victim with small wounds, prosecutors said.
On Oct. 16, a San Luis Obispo jury convicted Rodriguez of 22 felony and three misdemeanor charges. The convictions included attempted murder and mayhem charges.
The crimes occurred in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in 2013 and 2014.
Rodriguez faced mandatory life sentences for two torture counts on which the jury acquitted him. The jury also denied one enhancement Rodriguez faced that, too, carried a mandatory life sentence.
Following the verdict, Rodriguez faced a maximum prison sentence of 35 years and two months.
On the night of the attack in Cambria, Rodriguez had been drinking beer throughout the evening.
He allegedly barged in on his girlfriend while she was in a restroom and attempted to urinate on her. But, she stopped him and caused him to urinate on himself.
Rodriguez then became angry, punched her in the head and face and called her a whore. Shortly later, Rodriguez threatened her with a knife and told her he was going to kill her. He cut her multiple times on the arm and once on the back.
During the trial, defense attorney Raymond Allen argued Rodriguez could not have committed attempted murder because he was in an alcohol-induced blackout. Allen said the combination of Rodriguez’s blackout and his underlying mental health issues precluded him from having the intent of a person who is guilty of attempted murder.
Rodriguez’s custody credits are limited to 15 percent.