After State Rep. Carlos Henriquez was convicted Wednesday of assaulting a woman in Arlington in July 2012, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick released a statement saying the Dorchester Democrat should step down.
Patrick’s statement: “In light of today’s jury verdict, Representative Henriquez should immediately resign from the House.”
After a week-long trial, Henriquez, 37, was convicted by a Cambridge District Court jury on two assault and battery charges and acquitted on three other charges. Judge Michele Hogan sentenced Henriquez to 2.5 years, six months of which will be served behind bars. The remaining time will be suspended for two years.
According to authorities, Henriquez assaulted Katherine Gonzalves, whom he was dating, after picking her up from her mother’s Arlington home in the early morning hours of July 8, 2012. Authorities said Henriquez forcibly kept Gonzalves in the car as he drove around Boston for two hours. She eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle on Forsyth Street in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, according to authorities.