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Mendoza in court on reduced charges

Cristine Luzette Mendoza

PENDLETON, Oregon – Cristine Mendoza, 46, of Umatilla County is being formally arraigned in the Sixth Circuit Court Tuesday morning. The charges against the woman are different than those she was facing when she was arrested by Umatilla County Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 10 after she allegedly stabbed her significant other.

“A police officer’s burden is different than that of a prosecutor’s burden,” Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said of the change. “Their burden is probable cause, which is more-likely-than-not, or 51 percent, as we like to say. Ours is reasonable doubt.”

Mendoza will be arraigned on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing. Those charges have been supported by a grand jury.

“This is very similar to other cases that we have and assault two is the charge that we were comfortable with,” Primus said. “It’s a Measure 11 offense.”

Second-degree assault carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 months. The minimum sentence for attempted murder is 90 months.

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