Man gets over 7 years in jail for attacking Othello woman

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJune 1, 2014 

A 37-year-old man is going to prison for twice attacking a woman in her Othello home.

Cristobal Arteaga Garibay was sentenced in Franklin County Superior Court to a total of 7 1/2 years in two separate cases.

He entered Alford pleas to second-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession for Aug. 11 crimes, and residential burglary and first-degree robbery for the Sept. 5 incident.

The Alford plea means he denied committing the crimes but believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

Court documents show that in August, Garibay went to the home at 2 a.m. and was allowed in by a person who didn't know there was an active no-contact order between Garibay and a female resident.

When the woman discovered that Garibay, who was intoxicated, was in her home, she told him to leave, but he became argumentative and she feared he would hurt her or her children. She said she thought about pushing the issue until she saw he had brought a rifle into the home and had placed it in the kitchen, documents said.

Hours later, the woman's brother ordered Garibay out of the home and ended up having the rifle pointed at his head, with Garibay telling him, "I kill you, I kill you."

Garibay ultimately left, and Franklin County sheriff's deputies found the rifle behind a shed on the property.

Garibay then called the woman's cellphone while police were still at her house and claimed he was going to California to hide from law enforcement, court documents said. Officers were unable to arrange a meeting with him without putting the woman and her children at risk.

Weeks later, Garibay returned to the home, got in through a window by climbing on a lawn mower and strangled the woman while saying she had better not be cheating on him, documents said.

He tried to escape when he learned authorities were outside, but ended up running into an Adams County deputy who was assisting Franklin County.

Garibay was found in possession of two rings and a pair of panties that he had taken from the victim.

Garibay's criminal history also includes convictions for three counts of delivering a controlled substance.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531;; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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