Man Sentenced in Weld County For Biting Off Girlfriend’s Eyelid
There are some sick people out there. Thankfully this one is off the streets. Jose Leyva-Estrada, who also goes by Erik Torres, Isak Lujan, and Carlos, has been sentenced in Weld County for strangling his girlfriend and then permanently disfiguring her by biting her eyelid off.
Layva-Estrada was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections for First Degree Assault and 7 years in the Department of Corrections for Second Degree Assault. The sentences run consecutively, making it a total of 20 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Though Leyva-Estrada had no known criminal history, the Judge did take evidence and argument made by Weld County Deputy District Attorney Brynne Gant of prior criminal conduct that was either uncharged or unconfirmed on account of his several different identities. That information included allegations that he had previously been violent with the victim in this case, and that he had attempted homicide on his previous girlfriend from Utah.
Following the Leyva-Estrada’s sentence, Weld County District Attorney Michael J. Rourke stated,
Domestic violence crimes are far more prevalent than many realize, so when a victim is able to step forward and give us the ability to prosecute these abusers, we do so knowing we are not only protecting that specific victim, but future victims as well.