Following his prison term, Rodriguez will have to spend five years on supervised probation on the second charge, which will include a requirement that he attend a domestic abuse treatment program.
Schmidt said Rodriguez’s family has “pledged to me, and I pledge to this court, that they are going to support him, guide him and give him all the help he needs to make something of his life.”
Schmidt pointed to the ADHD diagnosis, for which Rodriguez has opted not to receive treatment, as being at the root of his behavior.
“I think that impulsiveness he identified for you is really what lies at the bottom of this very sad case,” Schmidt said.
Rodriguez, who wore a button-down shirt and sweater vest, covering part of a neck tattoo, asked the judge if he could speak.
Feeley advised Rodriguez to consult his attorney first.
“I’m sorry over what happened,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t mean for it to happen, but it happened, and I hope the victim in this case is doing well.”
Outside the courtroom, Rodriguez’s aunt approached the Gullifords and apologized on behalf of the family.
Gulliford has mostly healed from her injuries, which also included a severe case of “road rash” on the right side of her body, and surgery to repair her elbow, but she still needs physical therapy, something she has been unable to afford because she has no health insurance.
Her family is trying now to help her get coverage.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.