Pasco man sentenced for tampering with witness

Tri-City HeraldDecember 31, 2013 

A Pasco man was given jail time Tuesday for violating court orders and encouraging his wife to change her story so his domestic violence case would get dropped.

Jesus Calderon, 44, pleaded guilty earlier in December to one felony count of tampering with a witness and two gross misdemeanor counts of violating a domestic violence no-contact order.

During the sentencing in Franklin County Superior Court, Judge Vic VanderSchoor gave Calderon three months for the tampering and 100 days each on the two violations.

The penalties are to be served concurrently. Calderon was told that if he’s eligible, he can serve the time on work release. Each of the violation terms included 264 days suspended, which means a judge can order more time if he doesn’t follow through on the conditions of his sentence.

Pasco police were called to Calderon’s home June 13 for reports that Calderon was assaulting his wife. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with domestic violence and held overnight.

Calderon was served with a no-contact order as a part of the city of Pasco case.

Six days after his release, Calderon sent text messages to his wife saying he had written a letter and their daughter would give it to her, court documents said.

Calderon, when asked by his attorney about what happened, said he denied using force to take a phone away from his wife. He said if he asked the same question, his wife should say it didn’t happen so the charges would go away, documents said.

His wife received the letter about a week later. Calderon had moved in with his daughter after getting out of jail, and reportedly asked her to deliver it.

In the letter, Calderon allegedly reiterated that his lawyer would be calling his wife, and that his wife was to deny the assault.

The wife in October showed detectives that she got 15 texts from Calderon between June 17 and 20. “The last one was the text where he told her to change her testimony,” court documents said.

The daughter confirmed for police that her father had asked her to deliver the letter, documents said.

Calderon must have no contact with the victim for five years as a result of these convictions.

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