MARTINEZ -- A Concord man was sentenced to 23 years in state prison Friday for trying to kill his girlfriend, an attack from which the woman escaped by jumping out a second-story window, a prosecutor said.

Romaine Nevels, who was sentenced on his 32nd birthday, was convicted by a jury of attempted voluntary manslaughter and nine other felonies in connection with the April 22 assault on his girlfriend of several years, Deputy District Attorney Scott Cunnane said.

Nevels woke the woman up at 4 a.m. that day and beat and choked her with his fists and a belt. She escaped the 45-minute ordeal after losing and regaining consciousness twice, Cunnane said.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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