A Santa Rosa transient was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for attacking a woman with a machete two years ago. Javier Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 44, was convicted by a jury In March of attempted murder, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting injury on a cohabitant and threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize. Santa Rosa police went to Francis Street and Briggs Avenue in Santa Rosa on Aug. 1, 2009 after reports of a woman heard screaming. They found a 26-year-old woman, who had been hit with a machete, bleeding from the head, hand and leg, police said.
She suffered skull and hand fractures, according to police. Witnesses said a man attacked the woman, then stabbed himself multiple times in the chest with a kitchen knife. Police searched several homeless encampments and found Gonzalez-Rodriguez bleeding in the chest. Both Gonzalez-Rodriguez and the woman were hospitalized. Gonzalez-Rodriguez was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison.
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