- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Davenport man has been given up to 25 years in prison for fatally assaulting his girlfriend.

The Quad-City Times reports (https://bit.ly/2pdOS3e ) that 56-year-old Thomas Lopez was sentenced Thursday in Scott County District Court to 10 years each on two counts of willful injury and five years for domestic abuse assault-strangulation. The sentences will run consecutively. Lopez had pleaded guilty in March.

Davenport police say Lopez assaulted 37-year-old Melissa Lewis at their home on Aug. 31 last year. A court document says Lopez slapped, choked and pushed her, and when he pushed her for the fourth time, she fell back and hit her head on a window sill. She died Sept. 4.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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