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A Longmont man accused of beating and trying to strangle his ex-girlfriend in 2018 has taken a plea deal and will be headed to prison.

Reo Thomas Contreras, 38, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and tampering with a witness in Boulder District Court on Wednesday.

According to the Boulder District Attorney’s Office, attorneys have agreed to a sentence of 15 to 35 years in the Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges, including counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and felony menacing.

Contreras, who remains in custody on $100,000 bond, is set for a sentencing hearing on Oct. 9 following a pre-sentence investigation.

According to an arrest affidavit, Longmont police were called on Oct. 10, 2018, after Contreras reportedly beat and choked a woman at her apartment.

Doctors found that the injuries to the woman’s neck during the incident caused a dissected carotid artery.

Contreras was still on probation at the time of the reported assault after pleading guilty to second-degree assault stemming from a separate incident with the same woman.

Contreras was sentenced to two years of probation and 103 days of jail time served on that case, and was legally restrained from being around the woman or her child.

As part of the plea deal, Contreras will admit to a probation violation in that case, for which sentencing will be left open for a judge.

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