PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Palmdale man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in state prison for beating up the mother of his child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Giovanni Grey McKinnis was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles Chung, who also ordered a 10-year protective order for the victim.
Sometime between late December 2013 and January 2014, McKinnis assaulted the 20-year-old woman and broke her jaw, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
McKinnis originally faced more than half a dozen criminal counts in connection with the assault. At a preliminary court hearing in January 2014, the victim testified that McKinnis was in a “heated rage” after she broke up with him. She said McKinnis kidnapped her on Christmas Day 2013 and drove her to various desolate locations, arguing and hitting her as he was driving. Two days later, McKinnis held her against her will for nine days at his Palmdale home, the victim testified. She said McKinnis repeatedly abused her during that time and left her “unrecognizable,” with a broken jaw, a swollen face, and several bruises on her chest. Following the preliminary court hearing, McKinnis was ordered to stand trial on two counts of corporal injury to child’s parent, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, making criminal threats, and disobeying a domestic relations court order. (Read more here.)
McKinnis avoided a jury trial by pleading no contest in October 2014. He pleaded no contest to one count of corporal injury to child’s parent and admitted to inflicting great bodily injury on his victim, according to court records. The remaining felony charges against McKinnis were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
McKinnis and his victim have a 2-year-old boy together. At the sentencing hearing Wednesday, the victim did not give an impact statement or request restitution.
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