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Zepeda sentenced to life for assault with a deadly weapon

BROWNWOOD, Texas - A day after being found guilty, a 28-year-old Brownwood man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary of a habitation.

Authorities say Robert Zepeda broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and beat her with a drill and a clothes iron on the early morning of Jan. 26.

On Wednesday, the jury deliberated for about five minutes before coming back with a guilty verdict. On Thursday, after listening to Zepeda's family on the witness stand and Zepeda, the jury gave him the sentence of life in prison.

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