G.I. man gets prison for leaving girlfriend after car wreck

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man who last summer was accused of hitting his girlfriend 60 times and then leaving town will spend at least the next 14 years in prison.

Erick Covarrubias, 30, was convicted of felony assault, felony failure to stop after a personal injury accident and a felony weapons charge. A judge sentenced Covarrubias seven years for the assault, 3 years for the failure to stop conviction. Those sentences will be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to seven years on the weapons charge to be served after the first two sentences.

NBC Nebraska reported last year that Covarrubias was accused of punching his former girlfriend 60 times before leaving her at the scene of a car accident.

Court records indicate Covarrubias went to his former girlfriend's residence and assaulted her, and forced her and her one-year-old grandchild into a car he later crashed.

Covarrubias left town and was arrested in New Mexico on New Years Day.

The judge also ordered Covarrubias to pay his former girlfriend $12,000 restitution.

Read the original version of this article at www.nbcneb.com.