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By Seth Romsa
Staff Writer 

Local man bound over on aggravated assault charge


January 16, 2020

WORLAND – Mathew B. Garcia, born in 1992, was bound over from Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court to district court on charges of aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Aggravated assault is a felony offense, and carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000 and domestic battery is a misdemeanor which is punishable with a possible jail sentence of up to six months, and a fine of up to $750.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Garcia was arrested after an incident on Nov. 18, 2019. The court documents state that Garcia had an argument with his wife where he allegedly shouted in her face and pinned her down to the bed after she had recently told him that she wanted a divorce. During a second struggle Garcia allegedly struck her on her left cheek but she was unaware of what hit her as her eyes were closed at the time.

According to the affidavit, after this second struggle, Garcia walked to their dresser and pulled out their 9MM handgun. He then allegedly told her that “he was going to kill them both.” However, Garcia did not point the gun at her, and she was unsure if the gun was loaded or not.

No court dates have been set at this time.


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