Calif. man gets 16 years prison for machete attack

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Posted: May 27, 2011 11:45 PM
Calif. man gets 16 years prison for machete attack

A California man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for trying to kill his girlfriend with a machete.

Sonoma County prosecutors say Javier Gonzalez-Rodriguez was ordered on Thursday to serve the maximum sentence of 15 years and eight months. The 44-year-old was convicted in March of attempted murder, mayhem and other charges.

Prosecutors say 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.

According to investigators, the woman was trying to end their relationship before she was attacked.

She survived but suffered a skull fracture and fractures in her hand.

Prosecutors say Gonzalez-Rodriguez will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.