DATE:  November 21, 2022

CASE: Eduardo Godinez (Case #22FE002997)

PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Kendra Havlick, Domestic Violence Unit

Eduardo Godinez was convicted by a jury of domestic violence, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury. The jury also found true great bodily injury enhancements and the aggravating factor that Godinez engaged in violent conduct that indicates a serious danger to society.  It was also found true that Godinez has a prior 2019 felony domestic violence conviction.

Godinez and the victim began dating in February 2020. The victim reported that Godinez started physically abusing her in the summer of 2021, but she did not report the past abuse. On February 14, 2022, Godinez became angry with the victim and repeatedly called her names and accused her of cheating. Godinez then forcefully hit the victim in the back, causing her extreme pain. The victim went home without seeking medical attention. The next day, the victim became dizzy and passed out. She was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that one of her ribs was fractured, her spleen was lacerated and she had internal bleeding caused by the blow to her back.  The victim remained in the hospital for several days.

Godinez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for December 16, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 33 before the Honorable Laurel White.