Man Punched, Slammed & Stomped Girlfriend's Face But Wants to Be Punished for Only One Act of Violence

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A January 2010 day began well for Orange County's 21-year-old Aaron Michael Laythorpe, who took his girlfriend and their baby on an enjoyable beer-drinking trip to a Fashion Island restaurant in Newport Beach.

But the day ended in horrific, senseless domestic violence.

Laythorpe eventually dropped Jill off at her grandmother's house in Anaheim and promised he'd quickly return in her vehicle.

Hours later, when her boyfriend finally returned, an unhappy Jill asked him what took so long.

She doesn't remember his answer or what happened next because Laythorpe beat the hell out of her.

A shocked Antonio Padilla, who lived nearby, witnessed the defendant slugging a screaming Jill in the head, then grabbing her by the hair and slamming her face into the concrete at least three times.

The coup de grace: Laythorpe stomped on the then-unconscious woman's face.

"Angry and drunk," he ignored Padilla's demands for him to stop and tried to drag the now-seriously bleeding woman away, according to court records.

When Anaheim Police Department officers arrived, they saw Laythorpe yelling at Padilla and a lifeless-appearing Jill on the ground, blood pouring from her ears and nose.

Emergency-room doctors determined that Jill had suffered injuries to her neck and could barely open her mouth. The right side of her face was paralyzed. She had two broken bones inside her right ear, blood on her brain, blurry vision, as well as bruises all over her face, neck and body.

Ultimately, it took almost two months for Jill, who now suffers from chronic headaches, to have the strength to hold her baby; she has lost 50 percent of her hearing.

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Laythorpe: I'd like a less severe punishment
The Orange County district attorney's office prosecuted Laythorpe, and a jury convicted him of committing mayhem, inflicting corporal punishment on the mother of his child, four counts of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and battery. Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseño sentenced him to prison.

Laythorpe appealed. He wasn't upset with the convictions, though. He believes that Briseño, the well-respected, senior member of the local bench, ordered excessive punishment. His legal theory is that all of the punches, face slamming and stomping was one fluid, criminal act and, thus, cannot be punished multiple times. 

On Feb. 28, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered the merits of his claims and issued a ruling. In an eight-page decision written by Justice Eileen C. Moore for herself and justices Richard Aronson and Richard Fybel, the court upheld Briseño's sentencing.

"Unlike the situation that may be present when the parties exchange blows in rapid succession--such that it may be said a defendant did not have the opportunity to reflect on his actions before renewing an intent to inflict another blow--here, the defendant had that opportunity," opined Moore. "In this case, [Laythorpe] had an opportunity to reflect between each violent act against the victim, especially after she was knocked unconscious."

The justices also essentially noted that there would be no incentive for criminals to limit their acts of violence if there were no punishment distinctions between punching someone once in the face versus 20 or 50 times.

Upshot: Laythorpe, now 24, will continue to serve his 14-year punishment (minus a credited 668 days of pre-conviction jail time) inside a place where he won't have any natural women to beat: Susanville's High Desert State Prison, an institution that houses medium- and high-security inmates.

If you're an Orange County victim of domestic violence, please contact your local police department, the district attorney or the crisis hotline at Laura's House: 1-866-498-1511. 

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17 comments
Lajimmy
Lajimmy

Hey Mitch,

What's your comments on this report?  A Latino good samaritan saved this poor girls, life and a Latino Judge locked his dumb ass up? 

timo3004
timo3004

Im sure he`ll get taxed in the pinta!!! By Bubba lol

Josh Ward
Josh Ward

This inhuman piece of shit is going to be getting his ass kicked for the next 14years in prison. That's still not enough for what he did

Josh Foote
Josh Foote

Thats fine, the punishment is the death penalty

Shea Swain
Shea Swain

So incredibly sad ... I feel so bad for the woman ! I hope he never gets out , but she will have to live with the physical damage forever and he just can't do enough time to fix that ...

Andrew Nava
Andrew Nava

this guy is a pussy...i could see if she came at him with a weapon,then,by all means stomp her guts out...but it was an act of brutality...if i was that padilla guy i woulda choked this nigga out n made him a bitch for everyone to see....

Lisa Plant
Lisa Plant

Well...at least he's providing a free public service announcement "Do not date this man" It should always be this easy!!

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

He's a winner. Completely destroyed his family. He's gonna get the shit kicked out of him inside..he's gonna get his. What a grade A asshole....wow

Danielle Lewis
Danielle Lewis

oh he's going to get what he deserves and SO much more in prison.

Stacy Lozano
Stacy Lozano

Omg. I can only think how much I love my Husband, his Father, my Brother; the Men in my life...are so far from this POS that I can not even imagine being that woman. I hope he gets what is due him...in prison.

Warren King Thick Fenton
Warren King Thick Fenton

I would love 30 minutes in a ring with this douche bag. What a coward. What a snatch. What a complete waste of skin and the oxygen we breathe. What a mega douche.

Jim Leach
Jim Leach

I don't think you get a quantity discount for this kind of crap. Sheesh.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Sounds like something my brother would have been capable of...he had paranoid schizophrenia...until he jumped off a building a few years ago.

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