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Man in domestic violence case gets time-served

A 56-year-old man who was charged for slapping and strangling his girlfriend of 11 years in Dandan in Aug. 2017 was sentenced to time-served and three years probation.

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Deogracias Dunca in a wheelchair pushed by another defendant into a courtroom.  Photo by Bryan ManabatDeogracias Dunca in a wheelchair pushed by another defendant into a courtroom. Photo by Bryan Manabat
Deogracias Dungca was initially charged with assault, assault and battery, and assault with a dangerous weapon. At a change of plea hearing on Tuesday, he pled guilty to assault and battery on Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio

The judge sentenced Dungca to a term of two years imprisonment but all suspended except for 158 days time served. He was also placed on three years probation.

During his probation period he is prohibited to harass, threaten, or assault his girlfriend. He must submit to examinations and decisions made by the Community Guidance Center, “and shall participate in and complete all recommended courses of treatment deemed necessary including drug and substance abuse treatment and a batterer’s intervention course.”

In addition, he will pay a court assessment fee of $25 and a probation fee the amount of which will be assessed by the Office of Adult Probation.

The government “shall serve a copy of the sentencing order to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.”

After the hearing, Dungca was released from the custody of the Department of Corrections.

He was represented by Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig, and Byron Piteg as court interpreter while Assistant Attorney General Teri Tenorio appeared for the government.