Man charged with domestic violence is spared jail time

KINGMAN ­ A Mohave County Superior Court judge spared jail time and issued probation Monday for a Golden Valley man whose attorney said was "not a typical defendant."

Anthony Spano received three years supervised probation and was ordered to pay $2,234.53 in restitution for two aggravated assault charges and one assault by domestic violence from an incident last July when Mohave County Sheriff's officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 3500 block of Golden Valley.

Spano resisted arrest and reportedly attempted to grab a deputy's gun, biting an officer on the leg and striking another in the head with a flashlight, as well as striking a woman on the forehead.

Spano's attorney Ron Gileo told Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn that Spano suffers from post-traumatic syndrome attributed to his experience in the Vietnam War.

That, along with a lapse in his medication combined with a mid-life crisis made him snap.

Gileo added that his client has been a law-abiding citizen with no record except for minor traffic tickets for 54 years.

Gileo additionally told Conn that Spano was recovering from recent surgery and asked him to spare his client jail time as he heals from his wounds.

"I thought those men were there to kill me," an emotionally shaken Spano said to Conn, adding that he had been telling doctors at a Veteran's Administration hospital that he couldn't control his rage, and that the chemicals in his brain from the medication were intensifying stress and pressure in his life.

"I don't know what my wife did, I don't know what happened," he said.

"He had some kind of breakdown that day. I don't understand it myself and I don't think he does either," Spano's spouse said to Conn.

Conn said Spano going through a mid-life crisis was not a good explanation, however, he concluded that community service would be more appropriate than jail time weighing on the fact that Spano had no previous record and would benefit from some counseling.

"Hopefully, there are some issues you can resolve through counseling rather than injecting more substances into your body," Conn said.

Conn additionally ordered Spano to serve 150 hours of community service.