Prison time in machete attack case

By Alex Bridges — abridges@nvdaily.com

BERRYVILLE — A Maryland man received prison time for using a machete to attack a man at Watermelon Park in August.

Judge John E. Wetsel Jr. sentenced Jose Oscar Gonzalez-Mendoza, 29, of Silver Spring, in Clarke County Circuit Court on Monday to serve five years and five months of a seven-year term for malicious wounding. The judge also ordered Gonzalez-Mendoza to pay a $250 fine for public intoxication/swearing.

Authorities had accused Gonzalez-Mendoza of wounding Carlos Roberto Fuentes-Oya, of Montgomery Village, Md., on Aug. 8, 2010. They also charged Gonzalez-Mendoza with misdemeanor destruction of property and public intoxication/swearing. A grand jury indicted the defendant in January.

On May 2 a jury found Gonzalez-Mendoza guilty of the malicious wounding and public intoxication/swearing. Wetsel on the day of trial dismissed the destruction of property count against Gonzalez-Mendoza.

The defendant could face deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to court
officials. Wetsel did not impose any post-release probation time.

A criminal complaint filed with charging documents states deputies with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a mobile home in Watermelon Park and found Fuentes-Oya bleeding from his right arm, chest and hand. Officers also noted “his left leg was split open to the bone below the knee,” the complaint states.

The victim identified Gonzalez-Mendoza as the assailant who deputies found climbing an embankment attempting to reach his vehicle on Lockes Mill Road, according to the complaint.

“Mr. Mendoza confessed to ‘hitting’ the victim with the machete because the victim didn’t respect him,” the complaint states.