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Logan man gets 1 year in jail for aggravated assault, domestic violence

December 4th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Dan Fawson

LOGAN–Jose Mateo Trevino of Logan was sentenced to one year in the Cache County Jail Monday, after pleading guilty to one felony count of attempted aggravated assault and one felony count of domestic violence in the presence of a child. Trevino, 24, will also pay a fine of $1,500, and will be placed on three years probation.

Terms of a plea bargain set forth prior to Monday stipulate Trevino will not be sentenced to prison if he is able to successfully complete his probation. Judge Clint S. Judkins of the 1st District Court said if Trevino successfully completes his probation, a two-step reduction will be applied to both charges, making both crimes misdemeanors.

Noting Trevino’s relatively trouble free past, Judkins admonished him to complete the probation, stating it would allow him to continue his education and seek employment without felony charges on his record.

Tony Baird, the prosecuting attorney representing the state of Utah, agreed with Judkins’ positive assessment of Trevino. Baird said he was surprised the defendant is “at where he’s at” right now, noting Trevino “seems to be someone of character.”

Trevino was arrested the morning of Sept. 20 at his home in connection with a stabbing which had occurred hours earlier. In a report filed by police, witnesses told the responding officers an altercation had occurred between the victim and his wife, Trevino’s sister, who had been visiting Trevino’s home to celebrate their anniversary. Witnesses told police Trevino pulled a knife during the altercation and stepped in to defend his sister.

The victim, transported to Logan Regional Hospital, sustained a total of eight stab wounds in his back, leaving both kidneys perforated. The police report stated with the loss of blood and both kidneys injured, the victim could have died from the wounds had he not received medical treatment.

According to the police report, Trevino, when first questioned by police, admitted to being involved in an altercation but denied ever having a knife. A search warrant was issued on Trevino’s home and a knife was found behind Trevino’s bed.

Trevino had been living with his wife, their three young children and his brother-in-law. Judkins said the court will review the matter March 22 at 10 a.m.


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