Las Cruces man sentenced for near-fatal beating

June 10, 2014 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces man has been sentenced to 32½ years in prison for the near-fatal beating of his girlfriend.

The District Attorney’s [auth] Office says District Judge Darren Kugler sentenced Cornelius Renteria to the maximum term on Monday.

A jury on May 8 convicted Renteria of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, child abuse and felon in possession of a firearm.

Christina Corral was beaten with a gun by Renteria after he forced his way into her home on March 27, 2013.

According to prosecutor Heather Chavez, all three of Corral’s young children witnessed the beating and remain traumatized.

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