The jury entered a guilty plea; a new case is pending
A Cortez man convicted on September 24 of assault in an act of domestic violence now faces new criminal charges after allegedly assaulting the same victim.
Harry Lee Bylilly, 48, was arrested on January 5 on suspicion of beating his girlfriend at his residence in Happy Valley Trailer Park on East Seventh Street, according to the Cortez Police Department’s arrest affidavit.
The victim sustained facial and back injuries and fled to a friend’s house on Ash Street to call 911.
Bylilly was arrested that night and charged with third degree assault and domestic violence. Upon his arrest, Bylilly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.4, according to the police report.
Bylilly has pleaded not guilty. In a trial at the Montezuma Combined Courthouse, a jury found him guilty of third-degree assault in an act of domestic violence.
The range of sentences includes the possibility of a sentence of up to two years in prison. Sentencing is set for November 1 at 3 p.m. by Judge JenniLynn Lawrence.
On March 11, Bylilly was arrested again shortly after midnight at the same residence on suspicion of assault and domestic violence against the same victim, according to justice and police reports.
When arrested, he reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.243, according to the report. He is still being held at the Montezuma County Detention Center.
According to police reports from Cortez, on the evening of March 10, the victim sustained facial injuries, including a swollen closed eye and bruised legs. She was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital.
According to a doctor’s injury report, the victim suffered serious bodily injuries.
The 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office has filed charges, including second-degree assault and domestic violence, a Class 4 felony. Other charges include violating a protection order and bail conditions, harassment and the crime of violence.
Bylilly has pleaded not guilty. His case is scheduled for a jury trial on Oct. 11 at the 22nd Judicial District Court.
Victims of domestic violence can call a local hotline at (970) 565-2100 for assistance.