LOGAN — A 44-year-old man is heading to prison for assaulting a Providence woman who was trying help him last fall. Cesar Contreras-Guerrero was ordered to serve between one-to-15-years in the Utah State Correctional Facility after telling a judge he regretted his behavior.

Contreras-Guerrero was sentenced Monday, July 8, in Logan’s 1st District Court. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony; and, kidnapping, amended to a third-degree felony.

According to prosecutors, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a 65-year-old woman on Nov. 18, 2023. She explained how she had allowed Contreras-Guerrero to stay at her apartment after learning he didn’t have a place to live. The woman said he was doing construction work nearby and she intended to only have him stay two nights but it turned into more than a month.

On the night she called deputies, the woman said Contreras-Guerrero had been consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana. He began accusing her of drinking some of his alcohol and became enraged.

The woman said Contreras-Guerrero confronted her in her bedroom and began striking her, kicking her in the leg and punching her in the mouth. He then pushed her backwards onto her bed and began strangling her, causing her to lose consciousness several times. The assault lasted around five minutes, deputies reported.

As the struggle continued, the victim said Contreras-Guerrero damaged her cellphone, so she couldn’t use it. He later went to the kitchen and returned with a knife, before sitting down in a chair by the door, keeping her from leaving.

The woman told deputies how Contreras-Guerrero started drifting off to sleep, allowing her to grab the knife and flee the apartment. She approached some neighbors, who were standing outside, telling them she needed help, before getting in her own vehicle and fleeing.

During Monday’s sentencing, defense attorney Orlando Luna asked the court to sentence Contreras-Guerrero to the seven months already served in jail. He claimed his client feels awful for what happened but can’t remember most of it because he was intoxicated.

Contreras-Guerrero apologized for what he did. He said he had begun attending classes and church services in jail.

Judge Angela Fonnesbeck said the claim that Contreras-Guerrero couldn’t remember the night of the crime didn’t negate the serious nature of the case. She called his actions heinous and intolerable in our community.

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