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Jury finds man who tortured his girlfriend guilty of murder

Jury finds man who tortured his girlfriend guilty of murder

Jury convicts Visalia man of second-degree murder for beating, strangling his girlfriend and saying the cause was an overdose

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VISALIA – Normally known as a day when things going wrong, this last Friday the 13th brought a man who tortured his girlfriend to justice. 

Andres Ybarra
35 years old

On Sept. 13, a Tulare County jury found 35-year-old Andres Ybarra guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his 26-year-old girlfriend.

On the morning of July 1, 2016, Ybarra’s girlfriend was found by emergency personnel at the couple’s home in bed. Ybarra claimed that she had overdosed on prescription medication. An autopsy on July 5 revealed massive internal injuries including four broken ribs, lacerations to her liver, a ruptured kidney, and damage to the renal artery. Additionally, she had hemorrhaging in her neck and head, a broken bone in her neck indicating strangulation, a black eye, and a broken nose. The cause of death was attributed to strangulation and blunt force trauma. 

Ybarra was arrested the next day. 

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Juliet Boccone scheduled sentencing for Oct. 28, 2019. Ybarra faces 15 years to life in prison.

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