OGDEN — A South Ogden man was sent to prison Tuesday for hitting a woman before shooting at her car multiple times in June.
Christopher Joseph Pinheiro, 34, will spend at least the next year in prison after being sentenced to an indeterminate term of 1-15 years after a plea agreement was reached in October.
Pinheiro pleaded guilty to charges that consist of kidnapping, a second-degree felony; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony; and felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.
Pinheiro was also charged in August with two counts of violating a pretrial order, both third-degree felonies.
In return for his plea, two felony domestic violence counts were dropped, as well as one count of violating the pretrial order.
On June 13, police in South Ogden were dispatched to an address on the 3600 block of South Adams Ave.nue after there was a report of shots fired in the area. The woman who called police said her son had allegedly kept his girlfriend hostage before he shot at her car, charging documents say.
Police found the victim and the suspect parent's at the address given to dispatch. The woman told police that she got into an argument with Pinheiro, to which he told her she could not leave the home. The situation escalated, and Pinheiro later punched her in the mouth before he retrieved a loaded .45 pistol from the kitchen and stated he was going to shoot the woman in the head, charging documents say.
Two children, a 5-year-old and a 1-month-old, were present when Pinheiro hit the woman, charging documents say.
Despite Pinheiro's parents trying to block him from entering a bathroom where the woman was washing her face, Pinheiro entered the bathroom where the woman could be heard saying "don't point that gun at me," according to charging documents.
Pinheiro walked out the home's back door then fired multiple shots. Pinheiro's mother told police she saw him shoot the woman's car multiple times, then tried to reenter the home. No one was in the car at the time of the shooting.
After he found that the door was locked by his mother, Pinheiro left the scene in a silver Chevrolet Impala with a gray "Skull Punisher" sticker in the back window. Police later found the car driving on Riverdale Road, pulled the car over and arrested Pinheiro without incident, charging documents say.
Pinheiro was charged again when he called his mother to ask the victim to put money in his account in jail. This occurred after a judge issued a no-contact order between Pinheiro and the victim.
During Tuesday's hearing, Pinheiro apologized for his actions and stated many of his past issues are connected to his alcohol abuse.
"I don't recall a lot of it," he said, referring to the events leading to his arrest. "Things got out of hand that day, obviously."
In the past, Pinheiro was convicted of felony theft and burglary charges in California, according to a probable cause statement.
Pinheiro will be transferred from the Weber County Jail to the Department of Corrections to begin his prison term.