Caldwell man who strangled woman sent to prison

November 5, 2013 

A Caldwell man was sentenced Monday to 3.5 to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of domestic battery with traumatic injury.

Third District Judge Juneal Kerrick also ordered Luis Lara, 26, to have no contact with the victim for 10 years.

The Caldwell Police Department responded to a call of a domestic dispute on June 27. The victim had cuts to her face and bruises and red marks on her neck. She told officers Lara had tried to strangle her.

The woman said she tried to escape through a bedroom window but Lara pulled her back inside the room.

Police said the woman's six children witnessed the attack.

At the time of his arrest, Lara had an outstanding warrant issued in Washington state for absconding from felony supervision and one from Ada County for a misdemeanor probation violation.

Canyon County authorities said Lara is a documented gang member in Washington, where he had prior felony convictions for assault and theft.

While in custody in Canyon County, Lara was also convicted of violating a no-contact order. He had attempted to send a letter to the victim in the domestic battery case.

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