District Attorney Susan D. Reed announced today that Joseph Almanza, age 34, was sentenced by Judge Raymond Angelini of the 187th Judicial District Court to serve twenty-five (25) years in prison for one (1) count of Continuous Family Violence and one (1) count of Injury to a Child. Additionally, Judge Angelini found that Joseph Almanza is a habitual criminal which raised Almanza’s sentencing range on the third-degree felonies from two to ten years in prison up to 25 years to life.
The charges stem from June 24, 2012, when Joseph Almanza struck his wife’s hand with a stick causing her hand to become swollen. On September 3, 2012, he followed up this previous assault by striking his wife’s head with a wooden object causing a cut to the back of her head. That same day, September 3, 2012, Almanza pushed, punched, and kicked his 13 year-old son causing a bump on his son’s forehead.
On June 18, 2013, a trial was held in the 187th Judicial District Court which resulted in Guilty verdicts on both counts. The case was reset to July 16, 2013 for sentencing. The pre-sentencing report revealed that Joseph Almanza is also a suspected member of the Texas Mexican Mafia.
For more information, please contact Cliff Herberg, First Assistant District Attorney, at 210 335-2342.