State Rep. Carlos Henriquez was convicted Wednesday of assaulting a then 23-year-old Somerville woman whom he was dating, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's office. The assault happened in Arlington in July 2012.
After a week-long trial, Henriquez, a 37-year-old Democrat from Dorchester, was convicted by a Cambridge District Court jury on two assault and battery charges and acquitted on a third, according to the district attorney's office and Boston.com. He was also acquitted of an intimidation of a witness charge and a larceny under $250 charge.
Judge Michele Hogan sentenced Henriquez to two-and-a-half years, six months of which will be served behind bars, the district attorney's office said. The remaining time will be suspended for two years.
According to authorities, Henriquez picked up the victim, Katherine Gonzalves, then a college student, at her mother’s home in Arlington in the early morning hours of July 8, 2012. When their conversation heated up about their relationship, Henriquez choked and punched Gonzalves, forcibly keeping her in the car, while he drove around Boston for two hours, authorities said.
Gonzalves eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle on Forsyth Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, according to authorities.