HERMISTON — Nicolas Pando of Hermiston will serve almost six years in prison for crimes stemming from the August assault of his ex-wife and her friend.
Pando, 38, took a plea deal on Oct. 26 in Umatilla County Circuit Court, Hermiston. Court records show he pleaded guilty to the following: second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, menacing, attempted coercion and domestic violence charges of strangulation and menacing.
Second-degree assault carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years, 10 months. The sentences for the other charges run concurrent with the assault. The state dismissed six other counts, and Pando will receive credit for the time he spent in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.
Hermiston police the night of Aug. 6 responded to an assault on the 600 block of Southeast Seventh Street. Police reported finding two injured women — Pando’s ex-wife and her friend. His ex arrived to pick up their 4-year-old son, and Pando attacked the women with his fists and a baseball bat. Pando refused to come out of his home for around four hours.
Pando now is at the Oregon Department of Corrections’ Coffee Creek Intake Center, Wilsonville, while the department determines where to place him.