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Vegas man sentenced for biting girlfriend's lip off

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Roberto Flores, left, appeared for his sentencing in a Las Vegas court room on Aug. 7, 2013. (Jason Valle/FOX5) Roberto Flores, left, appeared for his sentencing in a Las Vegas court room on Aug. 7, 2013. (Jason Valle/FOX5)

A Las Vegas man was ordered to spend at least six years in prison for biting off the lip of his former girlfriend.

Roberto Flores, 28, was sentenced on Wednesday in Clark County Justice Court.

Flores was charged with battery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit battery and child abuse connected to his arrest in 2012, according to court documents.

According to local organization Safe Faith United, Flores was arrested after his girlfriend, who was seven months pregnant at the time, had her lip bitten off. The organization also said Flores was accused of beating the 2-year-old child of another girlfriend.

Flores apologized in court, saying he takes responsibility for what he did and that an abusive childhood is to blame for his behavior.

"I ask you to have mercy on me, please. Every day I wake up fighting the sickness that I have," he said.

In 2009, Flores was convicted of almost the same crime, biting off a chunk of his ex-wife's lip. He was sentenced to two to five years in prison, but was paroled after a year and a half.

Wednesday, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with the possibility of parole after six.

The victim, Flores' former girlfriend, wasn't in court on Wednesday. However, her mother, Laura Herrera, was, and spoke on her behalf.

"If he lived through all the violence that they say he lived through, his family had 20-something years to help him. My daughter did not have to pay for all the violence he lived through," Herrera said.

The day before Flores' scheduled sentencing, Safe Faith United released a statement on behalf of victim Victoria Silva:

"I feel relief because I am not longer have to worry about if my abuser will be sentenced or not. I feel happy because I know that no other woman will have to endure the pain and suffering I endured. I want to thanks domestic violence organization Safe Faith United and its founder, Rebeca Ferreira, for the strong support the organization provided to me during my ordeal. I hope that justice will be done."

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