Sunday, July 21, 2024

Willits Man Found Guilty of Domestic Abuse


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office:

Lady Justice mural in the Mendocino County courthouse [Picture by Matt LaFever]

A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned from efficient deliberations Tuesday afternoon to announce it had found the trial defendant guilty as charged.

Defendant Hazzar Arafad Navarro Torres, age 37, of Willits, was found guilty of inflicting corporal injury on his spouse, said offense occurring in March of this year.

The law enforcement agency that responded and investigated the circumstances surrounding the victim’s 9-1-1 call for help was the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

The prosecutor who prepared the case for trial and presented the People’s evidence to the jury was Deputy District Attorney Nathan Mamo.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Carly Dolan presided over a basically one-day trial spread over two days.

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After the jury was excused, the Court sentenced the defendant to thirty-six months of supervised probation, the statutory minimum required for crimes involving domestic violence.

As terms of that probation, the defendant was ordered to serve fifteen days in the Low Gap jail, complete twenty-five hours of community service, and enroll in and complete a 52-week Domestic Violence Batter’s Intervention Program.

He was also ordered to abstain from the use of both cannabis and alcohol. Most importantly, he was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the victim.

Any defendant convicted of a domestic violence crime is prohibited by both Federal and State law from possessing any firearm and/or ammunition for at least ten years.

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  1. Lmao! Do you really think he will obey all of what was just put against him? He will be arrested for violation of probation and booked and released multiple times. This justice system is so broken. Why not just make him do that time in a half way house so he has to get the help he needs. I feel sorry for the victim not knowing if he will come around and harass her!

    • Any harassment of his victim would put him in jail or prison. 15 days at Low Gap may open his eyes, 52 weeks of anger management could be very enlightening for him if he applies himself to the course and accepts FULL RESPONSIBILITY for his actions. It’s all on him now, hopefully he accepts what he did as being 100% his doing and his choice to lay hands on someone.

  2. You don’t know that. Not everyone fails. That just depends on how bad he wants to take back control of his life and or how sorry he is.

    I hope he decides to toe the line and correct his bad behavior.

    • As a survivor of domestic violence most abusers don’t change. In fact they most likely will abuse again. Remember that poor woman who’s husband was out of jail for DV ended up killing her. I believed this happened in Willits during the pandemic. I found out after my face was rearranged by my now ex-husband that he had abused past girlfriends. He hadn’t changed his behavior from past aggressions. Some folks are not capable of changing. It’s in their rotted root. No amount of DV classes can overcome someone’s lack of impulse control. I pray for this survivor that she stays safe and far, far, far away from this abuser. BTW, I never received any true apology from my ex for giving me facial fractures he said I deserved it and still believes to this day he is correct. Did not take one ounce of responsibility. His attorneys were horrified by the pictures of my face and changed their tune on attacking my character during our divorce because my ex just happened to omit the fact to them that he had beaten my ass.

      • @Curous Monkey
        Sorry you went through that. Glad you have made it out and are safe. Not every victim is lucky to make it out and not every abuser is willing to take the help whether forced or not.
        I really hope and pray one day our justice system would see this and do the right thing. Unfortunately I don’t see it happening. I watch the booking log and I see time after time people in there for abuse of a cohabitant or spouse. They obviously aren’t to scared of what will happen.
        Again glad to see you made it out!

    • Local you may be right that not all fail.
      Unfortunately the booking log doesn’t show that. I watch it so I know what’s happening in our area and also to pray for all of them. Yeah I know that sounds weird.
      To many horror stories I have listened to about abusers getting arrested and let out to reoffend. And it doesn’t always turn out well.
      Just sayin!

  3. I for one don’t believe these people should be let off. It’s been proven many times that women end up dead for this very reason. Just like rape, child abuse and drunk driving I believe there should be a stiff sentence the 1st time around. Not this slap on the wrist crap. Maybe then we would see change.


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