Ivanhoe man sentenced to state prison
visalia – On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Joseph Kalashian sentenced Robert Eusebio, 24 of Ivanhoe, to nine years and four months in state prison for domestic violence and other crimes. On Jan. 6, 2017, Eusebio pleaded no contest to one violent felony count of kidnapping, one violent felony count of domestic violence with great bodily injury, and one serious felony count of dissuading a witness from testifying, all of which are strike offenses.
In the late evening hours of August 7, 2015, deputies were dispatched regarding a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival to Kaweah Delta, Deputies observed the victim to be muddy from head to toe with a large welt on the side of her face, as well as scratches on her neck, back, arms and legs. Deputies learned that Eusebio forced the victim to go with him in a car where he proceeded to hit her numerous times. At one point the victim fled from the car attempting to get away, but Eusebio followed, caught up to the victim and held her head under water in a nearby canal for 4-5 seconds. A truck passed by and the victim attempted to call for help. Eusebio coaxed the victim back into the car, and eventually dropped himself off at his house. The victim was then able to drive to a safe location where the police were called. While in custody, Eusebio wrote the victim a letter attempting to dissuade her from testifying against him.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Cindy Underwood of the Special Crimes Division and is was investigated by Deputy Venegas, Deputy Conley and Deputy Franks of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, as well as Investigator Katherine Porter of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations. Media inquiries can be directed to the Office of the District Attorney, County of Tulare Assistant District Attorney Dave Alavezos (559) 636-5494