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Lufkin man accepts plea deal of 5 years deferred for choking girlfriend with belt

Joaquin Rivera (Source: Angelina County Jail) Joaquin Rivera (Source: Angelina County Jail)

After he served almost a month in the county jail for bond surrender on three felony charges, a 31-year-old Lufkin man accepted a plea deal of five years of deferred adjudication for choking his girlfriend with a leather belt and then putting it around his 5-year-old son’s neck.

Rivera also threatened to kill all three of them.

Joaquin Rivera appeared in Judge Gerald Goodwin’s “rocket docket” courtroom Friday morning.
He was originally charged with three felony charges - endangering a child, assault-family violence impeding breath or circulation, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As part of the plea deal, two of the three charges were dropped.

Rivera is also banned from having any contact with his son, who was 5 years old at the time the incident occurred in Dec. 2014.
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.

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