A Texas man whose heavily tattooed mugshot earned him a certain infamy was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Lubbock County court on Monday.

Jacob Pauda, 31, was convicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic assault, which carries a maximum of 10 years in jail.

But a prior 2003 conviction for aggravated assault increased his possible jail time, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Pauda, pictured in August 2015, was convicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic assault and his prior 2003 aggravated assault conviction played a role in the decision to incarcerate him for 15 years

Pauda, pictured in August 2015, was convicted on a third-degree felony count of domestic assault and his prior 2003 aggravated assault conviction played a role in the decision to incarcerate him for 15 years

Pauda, shown in September 2015, had been accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend, Mercedes Ramirez, in February 2016. He had allegedly beat her and chased her with a knife

Pauda, shown in September 2015, had been accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend, Mercedes Ramirez, in February 2016. He had allegedly beat her and chased her with a knife

Many of Pauda's tattoos are associated with a prison gang called Texas Tango Blast. He has a tattoo on his stomach that says 'Certified Gangsta.' Pictured: Pauda in February 2016

Many of Pauda’s tattoos are associated with a prison gang called Texas Tango Blast. He has a tattoo on his stomach that says ‘Certified Gangsta.’ Pictured: Pauda in February 2016

Pauda had been accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend, Mercedes Ramirez, in February 2016.

He had allegedly beat her and chased her with a knife.

Ramirez has maintained her relationship with him and had signed an affidavit saying she no longer wanted him prosecuted, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

Assistant DA Laura Beth Fosset said: 'He's shown a pattern of assaults and this victim has shown a pattern of going back to him and taking this abuse

Assistant DA Laura Beth Fosset said: ‘He’s shown a pattern of assaults and this victim has shown a pattern of going back to him and taking this abuse

The case gained notoriety due to the many tattoos on Pauda’s face and body – many of which were associated with a prison gang called Texas Tango Blast. 

On his stomach, Pauda has a tattoo that says ‘Certified Gangsta.’ 

He said in court that he was no longer affiliated with the gang. 

Assistant District Attorney Laura Beth Fossett said: ‘Even though the victim no longer wishes to prosecute, it is our job to evaluate each case individually and see if we need to kind of step in for this victim.’

She added: ‘Here, he’s shown a pattern of assaults and this victim has shown a pattern of going back to him and taking this abuse.

‘And so, with the children and with the facts of this particular case, where he had shown complete disregard for the life of his unborn child, we decided that this was too far and we needed to go forward with the charges.’

Previous charges included racing, public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance. 

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