A stabbing in June 2015 has led to a six-year prison sentence for Pablo Saldivar Jr. of Delta.
Saldivar, 21, pleaded guilty to that incident, as well as an altercation with a fellow inmate last spring while he was being held in the Delta County Jail. Both cases were resolved during a sentencing hearing in Delta District Court Monday, Oct. 24.
At around 1:30 a.m. May 26, 2015, Delta Police officers were dispatched to the convenience store at 101 Main Street where they found an employee applying pressure to a wound to Tallon Schaublin's neck. Schaublin told the officers an unknown male party had attacked him from the side by immediately stabbing him with a knife, then taking his wallet, cigarettes and cell phone. He provided officers with a description of his assailant.
Schaublin was transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital.
DPD followed up on several anonymous tips before arresting Pablo Saldivar on May 29. Saldivar has been in custody since that time and during sentencing was given credit for 374 days of pre-sentence confinement.
Because of the circumstances surrounding the incident, the stabbing is designated a crime of violence and an extreme risk crime.
Judge Steven Schultz also noted the severity of the victim's injury, but defense attorney Daniel Shaffer said Saldivar does not have a history of "real violence."
The judge responded that a second act of violence, the assault in the jail, raises a "red flag." He sentenced Saldivar to six years in prison for the stabbing and 18 months in county jail for the assault, to be served concurrently with the DOC sentence.
In addressing the court, Saldivar described his actions as "selfish" because they affected not only him, but his family as well. He expressed his desire to become a better father, a better husband, a better son and a better citizen. Judge Schultz noted that several family members had submitted "eloquent pleas" on his behalf. The victim was not in court.
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