Charges involve domestic partners

Assault of a domestic partner has led to a prison sentence for one Warm Springs man, and another awaits sentencing, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland.

Casey Marcus Lillie, 26, pleaded guilty April 8 to domestic assault by a habitual offender, and was sentenced June 20 to 30 months in prison.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Casey Marcus LillieLillie has been in custody since he was arrested by the Warm Springs Police Department Dec. 12, 2012, after he assaulted his domestic partner, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel, who prosecuted the case.

His arrest was the third in just over a year. "Within the span of 13 months, he was prosecuted for assaulting his girlfriend three times — in November 2011, March 2012, and December 2012," said Gabriel. "As a result of each of those three assaults, the victim required treatment at the hospital in Madras."

The statute that provides for prosecution of domestic assault by a habitual offender was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 2006, to support the Violence Against Women Act of 2000.

"This is the first prosecution under the statute from Warm Springs," said Gabriel.

The sentence, handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman, includes six months of inpatient treatment, three years of supervised release, no contact with the victim, and continued participation in drug and alcohol treatment and domestic violence counseling.

Bit off tip of finger

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ralph Ty AguilarA second Warm Springs man, Ralph Ty Aguilar, 28, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury for biting off the tip of a person's finger.

The incident unfolded on Nov. 1, 2012, when Aguilar was assaulting his significant other, and she fled out the front door of their residence, with Aguilar chasing her.

"He continued to assault her by hitting her and pulling her hair," said Gabriel. "He tried to pull her back in the door."

Two men came to her aid. "In the process of doing so, he was taken to the ground by two people who were trying to protect her," said the prosecutor. "He bit off the tip of the finger of one of the men trying to protect the domestic partner."

Aguilar then got a 30.06 caliber rifle and came back out and threatened others with the gun. As the men tried to disarm him, a shot was fired.

"Fortunately, there was only one shot fired, and it went into the pavement," said Gabriel, noting that it was in a residential neighborhood in Warm Springs.

Warm Springs police responded immediately and took him into custody. He was charged with the assault in November, and has been in federal custody since then.

The assault is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez is scheduled for Oct. 7. In the meantime, Aguilar will remain in federal custody.

"These two cases, both Lillie and Aguilar, highlight the need to protect domestic violence victims through treatment and strong enforcement of criminal laws," said Gabriel.

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