Press Release

25-Year Prison Sentence for Man Who Assaulted Wife and Son

District Attorney Susan D. Reed announced today that Joseph Almanza, age 34, was sentenced by Judge Raymond Angelini of the 187th Judicial District Court to serve twenty-five (25) years in prison for one (1) count of Continuous Family Violence and one (1) count of Injury to a Child. Additionally, Judge Angelini found that Joseph Almanza is a habitual criminal which raised Almanza’s sentencing range on the third-degree felonies from two to ten years in prison up to 25 years to life.

The charges stem from June 24, 2012, when Joseph Almanza struck his wife’s hand with a stick causing her hand to become swollen. On September 3, 2012, he followed up this previous assault by striking his wife’s head with a wooden object causing a cut to the back of her head. That same day, September 3, 2012, Almanza pushed, punched, and kicked his 13 year-old son causing a bump on his son’s forehead.

On June 18, 2013, a trial was held in the 187th Judicial District Court which resulted in Guilty verdicts on both counts. The case was reset to July 16, 2013 for sentencing. The pre-sentencing report revealed that Joseph Almanza is also a suspected member of the Texas Mexican Mafia.

For more information, please contact Cliff Herberg, First Assistant District Attorney, at 210 335-2342.