Norton man convicted in assault on woman in parking lot

Mike Still • May 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM

WISE — A Norton man could face six years in prison after pleading guilty to a February attack on a woman.

According to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp, Tyler D. Justiniano, 23, was convicted in Circuit Court of assault and battery of a family or household member, strangulation and probation violation in connection with the Feb. 28 attack of a worker at Sykes near Wise.

Sheriff’s Deputy A. Turner, according to the original report, responded to a possible domestic incident inside a car at Sykes. On arrival, Turner said, another woman waved him down and directed him to a vehicle where Justiniano was in the passenger seat with his arm around the victim’s neck.

Another woman was trying to free the victim when Turner got her out of the driver’s seat and then got Justiniano out of the vehicle, Turner swore in his complaint. The victim then told Turner that Justiniano was waiting at her car when she left work before he followed her into the vehicle and held her before she screamed for bystanders to call 911.

Justiniano pushed her to the floorboard, pulled her hair and started hitting her before Turner arrived, according to the deputy’s report.

Slemp on Wednesday said that Justiniano was already on probation at the time of the assault for convictions in 2016 for breaking and entering, assault and battery and distributing marijuana within 100 feet of a school.

Justiniano pleaded guilty to the assault, strangulation and probation violation charges without a plea agreement, Slemp said. A sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. June 21 in Circuit Court, where Slemp said Justiniano could face a total of six years in prison.

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