LOGAN — A 32-year-old Nibley man has pleaded guilty to abusing a woman and her children last year. Jose J. Mestre-Ortiz accepted a plea deal and will be sentenced later this summer.
Mestre-Ortiz participated in a virtual hearing in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, appearing by web conference. He pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of child abuse, all second-degree felonies. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped three remaining charges from the case.
In March 2020, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint from the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The victim disclosed a lengthy history of physical and verbal abuse to her and her children, occurring since 2007. She later provided a statement describing numerous domestic violence incidents, including over 50 photographs of bruises and abrasions on both herself and her children.
The woman also told deputies how Mestre-Ortiz held her hostage and kept her from going to work. He took her car keys and cell phone and prevented her from leaving for more than a day.
Court records show, Mestre-Ortiz was arrested on similar offences in 2018 and later accepted a plea deal. He was ordered to serve four days in jail and 12-months probation.
During Monday’s hearing, Mestre-Ortiz spoke briefly, telling the court he wished to waive his rights to a fair trial. He was ordered to appear for sentencing July 12, when he could face up to 15-years in prison.