FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A former Marine who attacked his wife in a judge’s chambers during a divorce proceeding will have to wait a little longer to find out how long he’ll serve behind bars.
Earlier this month Paul Gonzalez changed his plea to ‘no contest’.
A sentencing hearing scheduled for Wednesday was reset to March 2nd after the defense stated it had not received certain documents it needed to review from the state.
The April 2011 attack happened with the couple was discussing final details about their divorce. At one point during the meeting, Gonzalez lunged at his wife, Catherine Scott, and hit her with closed fists numerous times. The judge, his clerk and Scott’s attorney, Michael J. Dunleavy, all witnessed the attack.
Gonzalez, 29, is facing four to 15 years in prison for the aggravated battery charge and up to a year for resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor. Scott has asked for the maximum sentence; the minimum sentence would be just over four years.
Gonzalez’s sentencing hearing is expected to take several hours because numerous witnesses are expected to testify.