Aug. 30—A Chico man pleaded responsible on Friday to felony home violence and misdemeanor driving below the affect after being charged for allegedly hitting his spouse along with his automotive in July 2020.
On July 6, 2020, legislation enforcement responded to Freeway 65 close to Forty Mile Street for an injured lady within the roadway. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital for critical accidents to her legs. Her husband, Travis Norton, was on the scene along with his car, which had harm in step with a collision. An investigation decided that Norton and his spouse had been in a home dispute previous to her being struck and that Norton had been below the affect, in response to Attraction archives.
The Yuba County District Lawyer’s Workplace charged Norton with assault with a lethal weapon, inflicting corporal damage, DUI inflicting damage, and DUI.
On Friday, Norton entered right into a plea settlement with the DA’s workplace. Deputy District Lawyer Ashley Tuft stated Norton’s sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 27, 2023, to provide Norton time to finish a 52-week batterer’s therapy program.
“If he efficiently does all of this inside the time-frame, his felony home violence conviction shall be diminished to a misdemeanor and he shall be sentenced, receiving no extra custodial time and being positioned on probation,” Tuft stated in an e-mail. “If he fails, his felony stays a felony and he faces as much as 4 years in state jail.”
Tuft stated Norton’s solely prison historical past was from about 10 years in the past and he has had no points with legislation enforcement within the 12 months the case has been pending.
“Additionally, his spouse is the sufferer, and she or he got here into court docket at a preliminary listening to and claimed it was one other automotive that struck her,” Tuft stated. “Whereas her testimony was not credible, it exhibits that the sufferer doesn’t need prosecution and I’m required to think about the desires of the sufferer in plea negotiations.”
Norton’s trial was scheduled to start at this time, however Tuft stated she didn’t imagine Norton would have been sentenced to jail even when discovered responsible at trial. Norton should obey all legal guidelines and never strike or batter his spouse in the course of the subsequent 18 months and whereas on three years of probation as soon as he efficiently completes this system.
“By structuring the deal the way in which we did, we incentivized immediate completion of the training program (batterer’s therapy),” Tuft stated. “We’re hopeful that this deal supplies the wakeup name, the training, and the motivation to forestall such conduct sooner or later.”
Norton posted bail in July 2020 and has been out of custody ever since.