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By Felix Adamo / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Sentencing for a Bakersfield man convicted of torture and other crimes for injuring his girlfriend so badly she required hospitalization has been postponed to Nov. 20.
Jose Martin Lopez, 28, glared at a Californian photographer before telling Judge John W. Lua he agreed with the postponement. As he was led from court, Lopez yelled, "Take care of my babies" to someone in the audience.
A woman in the audience walked forward and asked a bailiff to make sure that Lopez has no contact with the victim's family. Lopez faces life in prison.
Deputies arrested Lopez on Aug. 1, 2012, after responding to his girlfriend's apartment in the 600 block of Huskey Drive in Oildale. The girlfriend was unresponsive and suffering from numerous cuts on her body.
Prosecutors have said the girlfriend's injuries were so severe that the emergency room doctor thought she was dead on arrival. The injuries required surgery.
A jury convicted Lopez on Oct. 3 of 12 felonies, including six counts of torture, mayhem and false imprisonment with violence.