A Kennewick man will be locked up for 15 years for pistol-whipping his estranged wife's boyfriend.
Bonifacio Alcantar-Maldonado, 28, was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, about a month after a jury convicted him of first-degree assault with a gun.
Deputy Prosecutor Brian Hultgrenn said the seriousness of the assault and the lack of remorse warranted a top-of-the-range sentencing.
"He doesn't have any regret for what he did," Hultgrenn told Judge Carrie Runge. The victim "was simply a nice young guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
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Hultgrenn also said this was not an isolated incident, and the victim suffered serious, lasting injuries.
Alcantar-Maldonado was found guilty of going to his wife's Pasco home in the middle of the night in May and confronting Eudis Mendoza in the bedroom.
He told Mendoza to get out, then repeatedly hit him in the face with the gun, causing severe facial fractures.
Alcantar-Maldonado was arrested at his Kennewick home and a black 9 mm pistol used in the attack was found under his bed, documents said.
The jury acquitted Alcantar-Maldonado of first-degree burglaryand second-degree assault.
He faced a sentencing range of 12 years and nine months to 15 years and three months, which includes a mandatory five years for the gun enhancement.
Defense attorney Todd Harms asked Runge to give his client an exceptional lower sentence of three years, which is below the standard range.
He said if Alcantar-Maldonado used a lead pipe instead of gun to assault Mendoza, the offense would have been a second-degree assault with a sentencing range of only three to nine months.
The lead pipe also would be considered a deadly weapon, which would add a maximum one year to the sentence, he said.
Harms also renewed his objection to the gun enhancement verdict, saying there was no information or evidence that the gun actually worked.
Alcantar-Maldonado will be deported to Mexico once he completes his term and likely won't see his young daughter again, he said.
It's unlikely his wife will let him see his daughter while he's in prison, Harms said.
"At best, he'll see his daughter when she's 18 and only if she comes to Mexico," he said.
Judge Runge acknowledged that Alcantar-Maldonado has no criminal history that counted against his time in this case and that the sentence he faces is "really horrendous."
But she followed Hultgrenn's recommendation for the 15-year sentence.
"As Mr. Hultgrenn points out, the damages to the victim are extensive and this really was a situation where the victim was in the wrong place and the wrong time," Runge said. "I simply haven't heard any compelling reason why you felt you had to attack this victim."
Alcantar-Maldonado has 30 days to appeal his conviction.
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