A 72-year-old Houston house
painter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for running over a former
girlfriend four times, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced
Alberto Guardado was in a work truck when he hit the 41-year-old woman about
11:05 p.m. on September 11, 2016. She had seen him slashing her car tires and
was fleeing, when he ran her down near the entrance of her apartment complex at
6767 Long Drive in southeast Houston.
tried to kill her and she wouldn’t die,” Ogg said. “Domestic violence fuels our
murder rate. We are lucky she was strong enough to survive this horror.”
told police that Guardado then drove his gray Nissan Frontier pickup to the
rear of the complex entrance, accelerated toward his ex-girlfriend and struck
her a second time. Guardado then put the vehicle in reverse and struck her a
crowd of people rushed out to the parking lot to help the woman and stop
Guardado. He fled after he ran over her a fourth time.
woman suffered broken ribs, a shattered pelvis, two broken legs, head trauma
and life-threatening internal injuries. She spent two months in the hospital
after the attack and then spent two years in a wheelchair trying to recover.
was able to use a walker to come into court and testify Friday against the man
she once thought she was going to marry.
was incredibly brave. She told about how this was someone she loved, someone
she trusted and how bad things got after they broke up,” Assistant District
Attorney Nicci Campbell said. “She told about hearing her bones being crushed
under the tires and seeing her own blood on the ground. Her body was essentially
severed in half.”
woman testified that she came out of her apartment to find Guardado slashing
the tires of her car. He then got in his truck and ran her over as she tried to
he hit her, he drove around and ran over her three more times as a crowd rushed
to help the woman. Witnesses said he continued to try to run over her again
even in the midst of the crowd. Guardado then fled the scene as the throng of
people filled the parking lot.
search for Guardado led Houston Police to find his truck a day later and arrest
Guardado on September 19, 2016.
were prepared to go to trial and ask for the maximum sentence of life in
prison, when Guardado pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a family member
causing serious bodily injury.
part of the plea agreement, he asked state District Judge Hazel Jones to
sentence him. After hearing all the evidence, Jones sentenced him to 20 years.
state law, he will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half