Othello man sentenced for assaulting girlfriend

By The Tri-City HeraldDecember 31, 2013 

A felon who beat his girlfriend and threatened to shoot up her mother's house was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail.

Alejandro Martinez-Mata, 24, of Othello, is not supposed to own or be in control of firearms because of his criminal history. But during the Nov. 6 incident in Pasco, he had a Spirlet revolver and tried to hide it when the police came for him, according to court documents.

Martinez-Mata pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and fourth-degree assault with domestic violence. The firearm charge is a felony and the assault is a gross misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, he was told he can serve the nine months on work release if eligible. He also received a 30-day sentence with 334 days suspended for the assault. That will be served at the same time as the gun possession.

Pasco police officer James Thompson was sent to a Frontier Drive home at 9:06 p.m. Nov. 6 after dispatchers got a 911 hang-up call. A woman at the home told Thompson the call "was an accident" and that everything was OK, court documents said.

But 22 minutes later, the woman again called dispatch, this time saying she'd been assaulted by her boyfriend and he'd threatened her.

The 22-year-old woman told Thompson that Martinez-Mata hit her on the left side of her face and, as he was leaving the house, said "he was going to shoot up her mother's house," documents said.

The victim further told police that her boyfriend had a gun and described it as having black duct tape and a string tied around it.

Officer Michelle Goenen located Martinez-Mata at a Crystal Drive home. He ran out of the trailer, but police were able to catch him, court documents said.

The homeowner told police that Martinez-Mata didn't live there and gave permission for a search of the trailer. A handgun that matched the description given by the victim was found in a laundry basket in the laundry room, documents said.

The serial number also was scratched off the gun, and the homeowner reportedly said she didn't own a gun and had never seen that one before.

Martinez-Mata's criminal history includes second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

As a result of these new convictions, he's been ordered to have no contact with the assault victim for five years.

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