Face-tattooed Tango Blast gang member sentenced to 15 years for beating his pregnant girlfriend

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Updated 9:23 am, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jacob Pauda, 31, on Monday was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a third-degree felony count of domestic assault with a 2003 conviction of aggravated assault. 

He was accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend, Mercedes Ramirez, on Feb. 8, 2016. The prosecution said that he beat her, kicked her in the stomach and chased her with a knife while she was pregnant, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.


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Ramirez remained in contact with Pauda while he was in prison. She told the court that she is still in a relationship with him. She said he became enraged when a relative provoked him by teasing that she was having an affair.

On a 911 call from the night of the incident, she told the operator that he was intoxicated and had taken cocaine that night. According to a police report obtained by the Lubbock outlet, Ramirez told  investigators that he chased her with a knife. Since it’s considered a deadly weapon, Pauda will have to serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Pauda’s heavily tattooed body was a central focus during the sentencing phase of the trial. An agent at the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office told the court that the tattoos were directly linked to notorious prison gang Tango Blast. “Certified Gangsta” and other tattoos indicated an association with the group. However, Pauda said in court that he was no longer affiliated with Tango Blast. 

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In court, Ramirez said that she could not remember if he threatened her with a knife, but a jail phone call revealed that she accused him of doing so. When he denied it, she told him it was because he couldn’t remember.

While the third-degree felony in this instance carries a sentence of two to 10 years, Pauda’s 2003 conviction upped the charges. 

>>See the video above for a look at another alleged gang member’s story.


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