Man sentenced to 32 years for domestic violence strangulation

Staff report
Posted 3/6/19

Thomas Adam Rojas, 35, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 28, where he was sentenced to prison for 32 years for a strangulation assault on his girlfriend. The strangulation caused …

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Man sentenced to 32 years for domestic violence strangulation

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Thomas Adam Rojas, 35, appeared in Jefferson County District Court on Feb. 28, where he was sentenced to prison for 32 years for a strangulation assault on his girlfriend. The strangulation caused the dissection of her carotid artery and a subsequent stroke. The stroke caused the victim to suffer from severe aphasia, affecting her ability to speak or report what happened to her.

On Dec. 6, 2016 Rojas and 36-year-old Felicia Garcia lived together with Rojas’s mother in Arvada when he assaulted Garcia, held her down, sitting on her chest, and strangled her with two hands. 

It was three days before anyone called 911, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Following four days of trial in January the jury found Rojas guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder and First Degree Assault.

This was not the first time Rojas had strangled a woman. During trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Rojas strangled his prior girlfriend in 2010 to the point of unconsciousness. 

At the time he committed this offense, he was on parole for his prior strangulation conviction. 

“Mr. Rojas deserves to serve every day of this sentence for the unspeakable assault on Felicia,” said DA Pete Weir. “To choke a woman with his bare hands demands nothing less. Strangulation is a tool of violence. It can be a fatal tool of violence. In this case, Felicia Garcia survived, but she will never be the same.”

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