FAIRFIELD — The man who carved a deep, bloody X into his wife’s back, from her shoulders to her hips, as part of a bizarre scheme in a 2011 child custody dispute lost his appeal Tuesday.
Jose P. Romero, 36, staged a series of violent attacks on his 19-year-old wife that spanned four months and culminated with the razor attack. He had his wife repeatedly told Fairfield police that she had been attacked by Romero’s ex-girlfriend, the mother of his children.
Multiple Fairfield police officers who handled the case testified at Romero’s jury trial, saying the slashing wounds were the most severe that they had seen in their law enforcement careers. The wounds required more than 100 stitches to close. The veteran prosecutor who got the guilty verdict also said it was one of the most horrific crimes she had seen.
Romero was found guilty of assault and aggravated mayhem. Judge Peter B. Foor sentenced Romero to life in prison with possibility of parole.
The Court of Appeal rejected Romero’s appeal of the life sentence but did order he should be eligible for the possibility of parole after 14 years behind bars.
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