NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield man has been sentenced to two years in jail for choking and beating the mother of his unborn child.

Johnny Rodriguez was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to three counts of assault and battery on a pregnant person.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Rodriguez got into an argument with the victim in South Hadley last December. The woman was pregnant with his child and is the mother of two of his other children.

Authorities say during the argument, Rodriguez grabbed the victim by the throat, pushed her against a refrigerator and choked until she was unable to breathe or speak.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ( ) reports that his lawyer says Rodriguez is remorseful and trying to be a positive influence on his children.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.),