October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and on Wednesday, the District Attorney's Office announced a conviction in a significant domestic violence case from 2016.
A Kern County jury found Manuel Anthony Castillo guilty of rape, injury on a dating partner, resisting an officer with violence and dissuading a victim.
Back in February of last year, Castillo was released from prison for a domestic violence incident. Within a few months, he began dating a woman in California City.
During an argument with the woman, Castillo beat her to the point of unconsciousness and sexually assaulted her.
He then beat her again when she woke up. The victim then escaped through a window and ran to safety.
Once the police were called, Castillo then assaulted the officer, resulting in a bloody nose and broken hand.
Castillo faces a maximum possible sentence of 67 years to life in prison.