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Man Sentenced To 13 Years For Drunken Assault

A 35-year-old Redding man has been sentenced for a drunken violent incident last year. On the night of October 24th James Manuel Deponte the Third was very intoxicated when he started a fight with his girlfriend outside a Downtown Redding bar. The argument continued into the parking lot, where Deponte pulled the woman from the driver’s seat of her car and dragged her across the lot before shoving her into the passenger seat of his SUV. His license had been suspended and he was on probation from a previous DUI. Driving recklessly out of the downtown area, Deponte repeatedly punched her in the left side of her face and head, ignoring her pleading to stop. Believing he would kill her, the victim jumped from the moving SUV. As she lay in the street, Deponte came back and began kicking her until she got up and ran toward her home. When she got there Deponte was waiting in the driveway taunting her, so she ran to a neighbor and called 9-1-1. As the woman was being loaded into an ambulance, Deponte drove by. He was arrested with a blood alcohol level of .18. The victim’s injuries included two fractures to her orbital socket, a broken nose, two jaw fractures requiring surgery, a laceration to the back of her head that needed 7 staples, a lacerated liver and bruises, scrapes and cuts all over her body. A jury has found Deponte guilty in July. He was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in state prison.