Ex-Marine sentenced in beating of wife

Attorney's argument for leniency denied

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A former Marine accused of breaking his wife's nose and jaw in a judge's chambers learned his sentence Friday afternoon.

Paul Gonzalez, 29, received the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison in connection with the April incident.

In court Friday, Gonzalez's lawyers filed a motion of downward departure, which essentially meant leniency, but in the end, it did not work.

Gonzalez is accused of beating his wife, inflicting a fractured jaw, a broken nose, bruised, black eyes, bloody lips and other injuries. The alleged attack happened in a judge's chambers during the couple's nasty divorce.

Deputies used a Taser on Gonzalez so they could pull him off his wife, investigators said.

A doctor testified Friday in an attempt to convince the sentencing judge that Gonzalez has mental health issues. His sister, Danielle Gonzalez, acknowledged the issues were present since childhood.

"Paul was very hyper. I remember having several altercations with Paul as his older sister," she said.

One of Paul Gonzalez's attorney's arguments for leniency was that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after his stint in the military.

Prosecutors said there was no excuse for Paul Gonzalez's poor judgment and violent behavior. His ex-wife has since recovered physically, but she appeared in the courtroom Friday to help heal her mental scars and push for Paul Gonzalez to serve the maximum sentence.

Paul Gonzalez could have faced as few as four years in prison under state law.

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