NEW BRITAIN - The Newington man accused of allegedly beating his girlfriend in a Berlin Turnpike motel had his bond cut in half Monday.
Jose Cardona, 28, remains in custody on $250,000 bond after the reduction from Judge Maureen Keegan in New Britain Superior Court. He is represented by attorney Jill Levin.
If he posts bond, which he had not done as of Monday afternoon, he must comply with GPS monitoring that restricts him from going near the victim and her residence, Keegan ordered as part of the reduction.
It was not immediately clear what was argued for the bond reduction. Cardona winked and blew a kiss to members of the audience after getting the reduction and before he returned to custody of the court marshals.
Cardona turned himself in last month and was served a warrant that alleged he hit the woman in January at the Value Inn Motel, 176 Berlin Turnpike. He is charged with second-degree assault in the incident.
The woman told police she was hit in the back of the head at least once, knocking her out, after she broke up with Cardona when she saw messages on his phone between him and other women, the warrant said. The woman only recalled throwing up in bed after the hit.
Cardona changed his story when talking with police, saying he and the woman fell asleep, and the woman must have overdosed or hit her head against the wall, the warrant said.
Medical records from the hospital after the alleged assault said the woman had a tube inserted into her mouth to help with breathing and had suffered multiple fractures to the skull that were not consistent with having hit her head against a wall, the warrant said.
Cardona has two convictions for robbery, state prosecutor Rick Mullins said during Monday’s court appearance. Cardona also has convictions for sexual assault and risk of injury to a child from when he was a minor, but was not tried as a youthful offender, Mullins added. Cardona has another case pending in New Britain Superior Court involving motor vehicle charges. His bond is set at $1,000 in that case.
Cardona is due back in court on Sept. 30. Levin did not immediately return a request for comment.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.