A San Luis Obispo man convicted of domestic violence was sentenced Thursday to 30 years to life in prison under California’s three-strikes law.
Robert Eugene Deutsch, 37, allegedly strangled his girlfriend in October 2012, threatening to kill her and bury her body so no one would find her, according to the District Attorney’s Office. During the attack, Deutsch allegedly told the victim he was going to kill her in order to “make going to prison for life worth it.”
After a jury trial in February, a jury found him guilty of domestic violence, including criminal threats and dissuading a victim from reporting a crime.
Deutsch had four prior convictions in San Luis Obispo County, including three armed robberies and a residential burglary. He also had prior convictions and an eight-year prison term for burglary in New Jersey.
Because of his multiple “strike” felony convictions, he qualified for enhanced sentencing under the state’s three-strikes law, which mandates a minimum 25-years-to-life term.