Mountain View Voice

News - January 1, 2010

Man faces life sentence in attempted homicide case

by Daniel DeBolt

A Mountain View man has been arrested for allegedly trying to choke his girlfriend to death in November, and authorities now say he faces a life sentence if found guilty on several counts, including attempted murder.

Police say Reginald Ellis, 22, choked his 26-year-old girlfriend as a fight between the couple escalated at about 11 p.m. Nov. 7 in their apartment on the 2200 block of Latham Street. A relative of the victim stepped in to break up the fight, and Ellis fled before police arrived. The victim had minor injuries — abrasions on her body and neck — and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

MVPD crime prevention Officer Steve McCoy said Ellis "self surrendered" on Saturday, Dec. 19, after a phone conversation with police in which he arranged to have himself arrested on a street corner in East Palo Alto.

Last week, district attorney's office spokesperson Amy Cornell confirmed that Ellis faces life in prison with the possibility of parole for attempted murder and six other charges. In all, Ellis is charged with attempted murder; violation of a protective order resulting in physical injury; corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant; terrorist threats; domestic violence; brandishing a deadly weapon; and removing, damaging or obstructing use of a wireless telephone used to notify or summon law enforcement or other public safety agency.

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