Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Aiming a Laser Pointer at Spokane County Sheriff’s Helicopter and Life Flight Helicopter
Spokane–Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Joseph Trevino, age 35, of Malott, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on March 15, 2018, to Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender. United States District Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Joseph Trevino to a 120-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.
According to court records, Trevino had previously been convicted of Fourth Degree Assault, Domestic Violence in Okanogan County and Pierce County District Courts in 2005 (having been arrested in 2004) and 2006 respectively. He was then convicted of Battery Domestic Violence in 2015 in Tribal Court for the Confederated tribes of the Colville Reservation. This case involved yet another domestic violence assault in October of 2017. The most recent assault marked Trevino’s fourth domestic violence offense.
Trevino’s 2015 and 2017 offenses were his most violent domestic violent offenses. The 2015 offense left the victim with her nose broken in two places and requiring stitches in her forehead and lip. Trevino’s most recent offense, in October 2017, gave the victim a broken rib, a hematoma on her spleen and bruises all over her body.
Judge Bastian told Trevino, “The facts of this case are very serious in and of themselves, independent of the serious history that you have” and the victim’s “injuries reflected you were acting in a way you have acted consistently with respect to domestic partners.” Judge Bastion further commented that Trevino abused his domestic partners since 2004 and protecting the public was an important sentencing factor.
United States Attorney Harrington said, “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Colville Tribal Police Department are committed to investigating and prosecuting violent crimes occurring in the exterior boundaries of the Colville Indian Reservation.”
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colville Tribal Police. The case was prosecuted by Alison L. Gregoire, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.