A case that prosecutors described as one of the worst incidents of domestic violence in Floyd County came to a close Friday, with a Rome man being sentenced to 44 years, to serve 20 in prison and the remainder on probation.
“He is a monster,” Assistant District Attorney Emily Johnson said of the 31-year-old Daniel Dominguez, who received his sentence in Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach’s courtroom Friday.
The weeklong trial ended the night of Jan. 26 with Dominguez being found guilty of felony aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act, two counts of second-degree cruelty to children and a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, pertaining to methamphetamine possession.
He was also found guilty on misdemeanor charges of third-degree cruelty to children, four counts; battery under the FVA; criminal trespass; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana; and possession of drug-related objects, two counts.
Dominguez had been indicted by a grand jury Nov. 4, 2016, on 22 counts — a guilty verdict was not delivered on counts of false imprisonment, rape, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated assault.
Johnson said that over the course of the week preceding Dominguez’s arrest on July 8, 2016, he had held a woman captive in a Towers Drive home and had beat her beyond belief in a meth-fueled attack, resulting in 67 bruises of various shades of bright blue, yellow and pink, some the size of grapefruits.
“She was a classic battered woman,” Johnson said, adding that Dominguez had a “manipulative hold” on her and had beaten her with a chair, a stick and shoes, along with stabbing her with a pocket knife and a screwdriver.
Dominguez would make the woman smoke meth, telling her the drug would take her pain away, Johnson said. He choked her until she was unconscious, to the degree that capillaries in her neck burst and petechiae — red spots — formed on her eyes due to the flow of blood to her brain being cut off.
Three of the woman’s children, all under the age of 10, as well as Dominguez’s toddler son, were in the home at this time. When her three kids were inside, he forced them to stay in their rooms and wouldn’t feed them — their mother would take the little food provided to her and give it to them.
The oldest of the woman’s children took the stand at the trial — a “heartbreaking” moment, Johnson said — saying they would only have two meals in a week.
“They were just bones really,” Johnson recalled the boy — who went from a size 8 to a size 14 in a year after the incident — responding to her question if his brothers had lost weight.
“Yeah, we would even have big bumps and knots on our heads,” Johnson repeated the boy’s words concerning Dominguez using a metal belt buckle to strike them on the head.
Dominguez had kept at least one of her kids with him to dissuade her from escaping, Johnson said. But, when he had passed out on a comedown from his meth high, the woman was able to climb out a window with the kids. As she walked up the road, carrying shoeless kids, a nearby resident had spotted her and called police.
District Attorney Leigh Patterson said Friday that this case is an illustration of why domestic violence victims must be helped and why there has to be people willing to stand up and fight for them.
Dominguez’s defense attorney Jamey Wyatt declined to make a statement on the case. His other attorney Arnold Ragas could not be reached over the phone Friday.