A Ketchum man was sentenced Monday for an amended misdemeanor charge after being initially charged with felony attempted strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery in the presence of a child.
Luis Alberto Velasquez-Reyes, 29, was sentenced to 18 days in jail and two years of probation following a plea agreement that dismissed the felony charge and amended the misdemeanor, to which he pleaded guilty, to domestic battery without traumatic injury.
During a change-of-plea and sentencing hearing in 5th District Magistrate court, Velasquez-Reyes’ attorney, Selim Star, said his client “recognizes that his actions were completely awful,” and that his client “wants to do everything he can to make himself better.”
According to a probable-cause-for-arrest affidavit written by Officer Walter Todd, Ketchum police were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute just before 4 a.m. on May 19 on Andora Lane. The victim told Todd that Velasquez-Reyes arrived home around 3 a.m. and woke her up to ask for the passcode to her cellphone. Ultimately, he punched her on the left side of her neck, dragged her down a hall and a flight of stairs and “choked her using his forearm to pin her against the ground for 3-5 seconds on the floor in the hallway outside their bedroom,” the affidavit states.
In addition to the jail time, Velasquez-Reyes must pay $500 in fines, $187.50 in court costs and $100 in public defender reimbursement fees.