Taunton Domestic Abuser Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
February 15, 2023

A 32-year-old Taunton domestic abuser who viciously beat and terrorized his live-in girlfriend was sentenced to serve four to five years in state prison on Monday in Fall River Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Raymond Cruz pleaded guilty on the even of his scheduled trial to indictments charging him with Strangulation, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Domestic Assault and Battery.

In December of 2021, the defendant was arrested after the female victim provided police with home surveillance camera footage showing the defendant dragging her down a stairway, beating her with a belt, strangling her on the kitchen floor and locking her out of the home.

The defendant has had four restraining orders filed against him from three separate women and has served jail time in the past fort domestic violence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Cahill and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis.  In addition to the prison term, Judge Dupuis also sentenced the defendant to an additional three years of supervised probation.

“Home surveillance video captures the defendant brutally assaulting the victim.  This defendant has a history of domestic violence, including the issuance of multiple restraining orders by different women.  He clearly presents a danger to the victim and the public and needs to be kept off the street to protect her,” District Attorney Quinn said.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications