LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 30-year-old Lufkin man who is accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend and threatening to kill his 5-year-old back in December of 2014 was a no-show at a plea hearing Tuesday morning.
Joaquin Rivera Jr. was supposed to appear in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Tuesday morning for a plea bargain hearing.
After Rivera failed to show up for the hearing, White told Ryan Deaton, the man's defense attorney, he has to show up at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. If he doesn't do so, the judge will put out an arrest warrant for Rivera, and he will get to spend Christmas in jail.
According to the arrest affidavit, ACSO deputies responded to a report of a family violence incident a home in the 200 block of Quincy Street on Dec. 27, 2014. When they got to the scene, Rivera's girlfriend told them that her boyfriend her choked her with a leather belt to the point that she had trouble breathing, but she was able to get away.
At that point, Rivera allegedly put the belt around his 5-year-old son's neck and threatened to kill her, his son, and himself.
The boy told the ACSO deputies that his father had placed the belt around his neck, but didn't hurt or choke him.
An ACSO detective took the case over on Dec. 29, 2014.