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