Fox Journalist May Face Ten Years in Jail for Domestic Violence
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Carlos Zapata, a reporter with Fox's Spanish-language MundoFox Channel 22, has been charged with two felony counts of injuring his spouse and if convicted, could face up to ten years in prison.

The 51-year-old journalist works at the TV station in Los Angeles. He is alleged to have thrown a flower pot at his wife Luisiana Gonzalez on 3 December that struck her with "full force" resulting in serious injuries, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department. 

A police official said that Zapata was arrested at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday at the Encore Apartments complex in the Sherman Oaks neighbourhoods of Los Angeles.

After the arrest, Gozalez said that Zapata had attacked her a month ago as well in the course of an argument. Following the disclosure, the district attorney framed two felony charges against him. 

At present, he is out on $50,000 bail, National Headlines reports. He is slated to appear before the Los Angeles County Superior Court on 24 December. If convicted, he might face a maximum of ten years in jail.

Channel 22 removed his profile from its website to avoid controversy. The profile had said that Zapata is an award-winning journalist who has experience in reporting in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

MundoFox is an American Spanish language broadcast television network. It is operated as a joint-venture between the Fox International Channels and Colombian private broadcaster RCN Television SA. Both the companies own 50 percent of the network.

The network was officially launched 13 August, 2012 and its headquarters is in Los Angeles, California. During the announcement of its launch in January 2012, president and CEO of Fox International Channels Hernán López had said that the network will cater to "an increasing demand for quality Spanish-language content in the United States from both viewers and advertisers."