Pima County man convicted of aggravated assault, burglary

Pima County man convicted of aggravated assault, burglary

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A man with a violent criminal history has been convicted of beating and strangling his ex-girlfriend in 2017.

The Pima County Attorney's Office said Bryan Lee Lester, 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault strangulation, assault and burglary earlier this week.

Authorities said Lester's ex-girlfriend had a protective order prior to the incident.

"(He) kicked in her bedroom door, dragged her by her hair into the living room, beat her, strangled her and smothered her with a blanket to shut her up," the PCAO said in a news release.

Lester allegedly told detectives "it was just domestic violence" and he never intended to strangle her, he was just trying to cover her mouth to keep her from yelling.

Lester is looking at 7 1/2 to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced July 30.

Lester's prior convictions increase the sentencing range available to the judge.

Authorities said Lester fatally shot Christopher Adam Lozano during a party at a home on Tucson's east side in December 2009.

Lester turned himself in 15 months later and was facing a murder charge.

In 2011, Lester pleaded guilty to a lesser charge -- negligent homicide -- and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Lester also was convicted on two drug-related charges and was released from prison in September 2016.

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