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Repeat domestic violence offender sentenced to third prison term for offenses against spouse

By ONME Newswire

On October 19, 2022, Pascual Sanchez (43, of Pinedale) was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for domestic violence charges against his spouse. Sanchez’s sentence was handed down by the Honorable Alvin Harrell III following a jury trial that concluded with a guilty verdict on August 25, 2022, in the Fresno Superior Court. Since 2001, Sanchez has previously been convicted of three prior domestic violence cases and has served two separate prison terms relating to those convictions.

Sanchez was arrested by the Fresno Police Department on April 16t, 2022. Evidence presented at trial showed that Sanchez assaulted the victim on two separate dates causing great bodily injury. Those assaults included throwing a hammer at the victim’s head, kicking her repeatedly in the ribs, and punching her in the head. As a result of this conduct, Sanchez was formally charged with four felony counts, and two enhancements.

The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office made a statement thanking the members of the Fresno Police Department for their dedication to this case.

The case was successfully prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jenny Volanti assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Ms. Volanti was assisted by District Attorney Senior Investigators Jacob Rios and Wa Cha from the Fresno County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Over the past 30+ years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.

Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children's emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning.


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