Jim Pinedo Sentenced to Life in Prison for Domestic Violence Related Attempted Murder with a Firearm
Author: District Attorney
7/24/2019 1:00:01 PM
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Jim Pinedo (38) has been sentenced to 14 years plus 25 years to life for attempted murder with a firearm and other domestic violence related charges.
District Attorney Dan Dow announced today that Jim Pinedo (38) has been sentenced to 14 years plus 25 years to life for attempted murder with a firearm and other domestic violence related charges. The sentence, which is the maximum under the law, was imposed by the Honorable Judge Jacqueline Duffy.
On November 16th, a San Luis Obispo County jury found Jim Pinedo guilty of seven felony counts, including violations of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, inflicting corporal injury to an intimate partner, and threatening and dissuading a witness. The jury also found true allegations that Mr. Pinedo personally discharged a firearm, and personally inflicted great bodily injury during the commission of the offenses.
“Today’s sentence is a significant victory for all victims of domestic violence. It tells other victims that the criminal justice system can step in and help them even when they are unable to help themselves,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “It is a troubling reality that victims of domestic violence are often unable to fully escape the psychological holds of their abusing partner and choose not to cooperate with prosecution. We are very thankful for the attention and hard work of the jury in this very difficult case.”
The charges stem from an October 7, 2017, incident, where the female victim arrived at Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton with a gunshot wound to her neck. While being treated at Twin Cities Hospital, the victim identified Mr. Pinedo as the individual who shot her. The victim and Mr. Pinedo had been in a dating relationship for about 18 months at the time, with a history of domestic violence. Prior to the trial of the case the victim changed her statement as to the circumstances surrounding the shooting to favor Mr. Pinedo and ultimately refused to testify at the jury trial.
During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Megan Baltierra called an expert witness to describe what is known as the ‘cycle of domestic violence’ and its effect on victims generally. This expert testimony assisted the jury in understanding the victim’s change in statement and refusal to testify. The court admitted into evidence the victim’s prior court testimony that was given under oath and other statements made by her.
The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Megan Baltierra who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit.
A copy of the defendants booking photo can be found here.
Please contact Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth at 805.781.5819 with any questions.