Man in Rifle assault, Taser case is sentenced to 30 days in jail
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A man who was shocked by a Taser as many as 14 times and convicted of assaulting a police officer was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail and 15 months in community corrections.Dominic Lee Pino, 36, must also pay costs and fees totaling $1,877. He was credited for three days already served in jail.Pino was arrested in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2006, by Rifle police and Garfield County deputies. Authorities said Pino repeatedly pushed a man in a Rifle bar before heading out into the streets with his wife and mother. They said a Rifle police officer encountered Pino down the street with his wife and mother, who were struggling to get his shirt back on him.Police alleged Pino threatened the officer and continued walking toward him, eventually getting into a confrontation with police, shoving his wife to the ground, shoving and kicking an officer, and resisting arrest. A jury in late November found Pino guilty of one count of second-degree assault on a peace officer with a “heat of passion” finding, one count of third-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. Not-guilty verdicts came in on one second-degree assault charge and one count of criminal mischief.Pino’s mother, Consuelo Pino, kicked an officer in the groin during the incident, and pleaded guilty to felony menacing. She was sentenced in February 2007 to 90 days of home detention and 80 hours of public service.Use of the Taser during Dominic Pino’s arrest drew criticism. During the trial, Pino’s attorney, Jon Sullivan, accused officers of “a little bit of cowboyism” and said the shocks caused Pino to resist. Jury foreperson Liz Chandler said previously that most jurors believed it was excessive and unnecessary to Tase Pino about four more times after he was handcuffed and lying on the ground. She added that she believes Pino’s resistance while he was on the ground was actually caused by the Taser shocks, and she thought nothing would have happened had Pino been allowed to just go home. But she also said people must respect a police officer’s command to stop.Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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