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A Corvallis man should spend 120 days in jail for injuring two children and attempting to strangle their mother, a judge ordered Thursday.

Steven Cartajena, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence. The charges are Class C felonies carrying a maximum possible prison sentence of five years.

Cartajena additionally entered a guilty plea to attempted strangulation, also a Class C felony.

Benton County Circuit Court Judge Locke Williams sentenced Cartajena to two years of supervised probation, to be served following his jail term. The judge also ordered Cartajena to participate in an anger management or batterer’s intervention program. Cartajena must pay $500 in fines, the judge stated.

In a statement written by the children’s mother and read by Deputy District Attorney Matthew Ipson, she said Cartajena would never intentionally hurt a child.

Cartajena was represented by Corvallis defense attorney Clark Willes.

Police arrested Cartajena on Jan. 4 after responding to a domestic dispute on the 1700 block of Southeast Lilly Place.

According to a police report, Cartajena spanked his girlfriend’s son, leaving welts on the boy’s buttock. Cartajena spanked the boy after the child accidentally kicked Cartajena in the groin while they were playing, the police report states.

Cartajena also grabbed his girlfriend’s daughter by the upper arm, leaving bruises, according to the police.

The police report also states Cartajena attempted to choke the children’s mother during the incident.

A Benton County judge in 2015 sentenced Cartajena to a year-and-a-half in prison for unlawful use of a weapon against another. According to police, Cartajena chased a woman who rejected his advances into China Delight. While there, he threatened patrons with a knife, according to police.

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Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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