MEDFORD, Mass. (AP/MyFoxBoston.com) - A Massachusetts state representative has been convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend and been sentenced to six months in jail.
Democrat Carlos Henriquez of Boston was convicted Wednesday in Cambridge District Court of two assault and battery charges. He was acquitted of a third assault and battery charge, as well as larceny and witness intimidation charges.
Multiple officials are calling for Henriquez to resign, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Deval Patrick.
"A jury has convicted Rep. Henriquez and a judge has sentenced him to serve jail time. In light of this, I would encourage Rep. Henriquez to resign, in the best interests of the constituents he represents," Walsh said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick also called for Henriquez to step down, saying in a statement that, "In light of today's jury verdict, Representative Henriquez should immediately resign from the House."
The woman told police Henriquez punched and choked her.
Prosecutors say Henriquez picked up the woman in Arlington and assaulted her inside the car, grabbed her cellphone, and drove into Boston, where she jumped out of the vehicle and got help from police.
Henriquez's lawyer told jurors that the woman's accounts of events were inconsistent and there was no corroboration of her account.