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Woodland man who raped and tortured girlfriend sentenced to 84 years to life

A Woodland man convicted of raping and torturing his girlfriend has been sentenced to 84 years to life in prison.

Elmer David Rodriguez, 26, was sentenced Friday by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Timothy L. Fall. Rodriguez also will be required to register as a sex offender, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

A jury in November found Rodriguez guilty of torture, felony domestic violence, use of a deadly weapon, sodomy, rape, oral copulation, criminal threats, vandalism and dissuading a witness.

The victim was a woman Rodriguez was dating, and the crimes were committed over a two-month period. The crimes came to the attention of the West Sacramento Police Department on Feb. 18, 2017, when the young woman was hospitalized, according to the news release.

Officers responded to the emergency room late that evening, and the woman told them that Rodriguez had repeatedly beaten her two times that week, including Valentine’s Day. She reported that he had repeatedly stomped on her chest and legs, kicked her rib cage, beaten her with a hammer and punched her arms. The medical examination showed that she had suffered multiple rib fractures and injury to her kidney. Her body was covered with bruises, the news release said.

Rodriguez had a prior conviction for domestic violence in 2013 against the same victim and a 2016 conviction for attacks on another woman, the news release said.

Rodriguez also was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015 for beating his friend with a glass and a skateboard, causing severe injury to the man’s ear and a facial fracture, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy