An American Canyon man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for mayhem, battery with injury and assault likely to produce great bodily injury, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced. Eddie Perales, age 57, was convicted by a jury in April of the felony charges stemming from his Sept. 25, 2016 assault on his adult stepdaughter in front of other family members, including two minors, Haley said.
“The convictions qualify as violent felonies, or ‘strikes’ under California sentencing law,” Haley said in a news release. “At trial, the judge also found that Mr. Perales suffered a number of special allegations based on his long criminal history, including five prior ‘strike’ convictions.”
Napa Superior Court Judge Elia Ortiz sentenced Perales to state prison for 32 years to life, plus 24 years.
In the Sept. 25, 2016 incident, Perales got into an argument with his adult stepdaughter that escalated into him punching her with a closed fist in the side of her head, Haley said. She fell to the floor, eventually got back on her feet, and he struck her again, the DA said.
“Mr. Perales used so much force that he split her right ear open to the extent that it required suturing,” the DA said. “The victim also suffered hearing loss, a concussion, and additional pain to her head, neck, and shoulder.”
An anonymous 911 call was made, alerting American Canyon police about the incident at the home of Perales.
Officers responded and the victim was treated on scene before she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Perales was previously convicted of numerous violent crimes, including felony assault on a peace officer, felony assault with a deadly weapon, and multiple counts of felony robbery — the most recent of which also included special allegations for using a firearm.
According to Mr. Perales, who testified at trial, his most recent prison commitment was for an armed bank robbery in Santa Clara County that included multiple victims. Perales was released from state prison in 2012 and was on parole until 2015.
Deputy District Attorney Taryn Hunter prosecuted the case.
“The lengthy prison sentence takes in to account the seriousness of committing mayhem against his own family member, as well as his long history of violence. It’s my hope that this sentence will finally put an end to Mr. Perales’ ongoing victimization of others,” Hunter said.