Sentencing scheduled in Pasco shovel assault case

An 18-year-old Pasco man could spend a year in prison for an Oct. 2 attack with a broken shovel that left a mother and son injured.

Ernesto P. Gomez entered a modified guilty plea to two counts of second-degree assault.

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

Gomez was one of two men who went to a West Jay Street home and got into a fight with a 35-year-old woman. When co-defendant Gabriel Brinones Rodriguez allegedly went to hit the woman a third time with the shovel, the metal part flew off the handle and into the home.

The spade hit a 13-year-old boy on the head, leaving a 3-inch gash that required 16 staples to close, before it became embedded in a wall, prosecutors said.

The woman required six stitches for a 2-inch cut on her shoulder.

Defense attorney Bob Thompson said his client was not the instigator in the incident.

Gomez was granted a furlough from Franklin County jail to take care of some family business before being locked up. He must return to court Tuesday for sentencing or will face an escape charge.

Prosecutors said in court documents that they plan to recommend a one-year prison term.