Court rejects appeal of man who carved X in wife’s back

By From page A3 | April 16, 2014

Jose P. Romero

Jose P. Romero

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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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Suisun1April 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

    This story is a more extreme example of what a male dominated society looks like. If it's not rushing into war (Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam) overseas, than it's shooting sprees, rape, interfering with a women's right to choose. This society is so ill. A note to all men (self included), let go of some of your privilege and power.

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  • joseApril 20, 2014 - 7:37 am

    I think he should be let go....on the condition that he have a tic-tac-toe game carved on his forehead and back, seems only fair

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  • Rich GiddensApril 16, 2014 - 10:52 am

    Another one of ''Jerry's kids'' probably here illegally---a term were not allowed to use by the government of traitors who let him in in the first place!

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  • MarieApril 16, 2014 - 11:59 am

    I don't know how this piece of trash was ever got alway with this for so long I truely believe this poor young girl was so scared of him.he should b put down like the dog he he is

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  • K.April 16, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Innocent people often live in terror of their abusers because if they do turn them in they just get plea bargains and are released back out onto the streets to stalk, threaten, and eventually harm or kill them. Then finally the judicial system upholds the police dept.'s arrest, when it is too late for the victims.

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  • lorieApril 16, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    No parole for this monster. This discuss me

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