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LAPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Domestic Violence for Choking Wife

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An LAPD officer was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to domestic violence in connection with an attack on his estranged wife that occurred in May.

Jose Robert Figueroa pleaded not guilty in July to charges of premeditated, attempted murder in connection with the May 18 attack.

But before the start of his trial on Thursday, Figueroa agreed to enter a guilty plea on a reduced charge, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Figueroa was accused of going to his estranged wife’s Inglewood apartment, threatening to kill her and  strangling her until she passed out, the release stated.

Figueroa was sentenced to four years in state prison.

If convicted of the previous charges, he wound have faced a life sentence.