Police: Riverton man strangles woman during argument over blood oath with the devil

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RIVERTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Riverton man was convicted of aggravated assault after strangling his girlfriend during a dispute over a “blood oath to the devil.”  

According to charging documents, police were called to the home in Riverton back in January on a report of a domestic dispute. 

When they arrived, they found Robert Marion Gallegos, 21, had been in a fight with a woman inside the home. 

“It was established after a night of drinking…, the suspect and the victim got into an argument about a blood oath they were making with the devil,” said the report. 

Documents further stated during the argument Gallegos held a knife at his throat and threatened to hurt himself. The woman told him to put the knife down and “be a man.” 

Gallegos then stabbed a dresser with the knife and proceeded to punch the woman in the face, documents state.

Gallegos then strangled the victim with his hands causing her to lose consciousness multiple times which left several visible marks on her face and neck, according to documents. 

Police said there were two children upstairs at the time of the incident.

Both Gallegos and the woman were treated at the scene by medical personnel and Gallegos was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. 

Gallegos was originally charged with one count second-degree felony aggravated assault resulting in loss of consciousness, two third-degree felony domestic violence in the presence of a child and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and intoxication.  Gallegos pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor aggravated assault, while the other four charges were dismissed. 

He was sentenced in 3rd District Court to 365 days in jail with 351 days suspended, giving him credit for the 14 days already served. He was also sentenced to two years of probation.

A background check on Gallegos showed no prior criminal history in Utah. 

Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.


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