This was not a custody dispute! This father, JOSE DE JESUS CARDON ALCALA, BROKE INTO HIS "ESTRANGED" WIFE'S HOUSE and SHOT HER in the stomach before abducting their 5-year-old daughter. Given that this daddy is obviously a violent man, this is clearly more than a case of two people being "at odds" over a custody matter. Why does the media treat a violent crime the same as a quibble? They're NOT the same.
Once again, however, we see that violent fathers use child custody "disputes" as a way to continue to harrass and batter their partners. Even though the reporter fails to make that connection.
But notice that the father's "illegal" status is prominently mentioned. Even though it's irrelevant to the story. Immigration status has nothing to do with domestic violence. But the fact that it's mentioned in the very first sentence implies that it is.
Man Sentenced for Shooting Wife During Custody DisputeFriday, April 22nd, 2011
Issue 16, Volume 15.
MURRIETA - An illegal immigrant who shot and wounded his estranged wife in Temecula during a custody dispute was sentenced today to nine years in prison.
Jose De Jesus Cardon Alcala, 39, pleaded guilty last month to one count of attempted voluntary manslaughter and using a firearm during a felony in the attack on then-43-year-old Marta De Ochoa on Aug. 23, 2008.
Alcala had been scheduled to go on trial on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, spousal abuse, burglary and multiple gun and great bodily injury allegations when a plea deal was reached with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.
Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio sentenced the defendant to the maximum term allowed and ordered him to pay $49,189 in victim restitution.
According to sheriff's investigators, Alcala broke into his estranged wife's residence in the 43100 block of Corte Cabrera in the pre-dawn hours. The two had been at odds over a number of issues, including custody of their daughter, then-5-year-old Kaylee Jocelyn Cardona.
After forcing his way into her bedroom, Alcala shot his estranged wife in the stomach and snatched Kaylee, according to sheriff's officials. He fled north with the girl, heading to Rosamond in Kern County, where he had relatives, investigators said.
An Amber Alert was broadcast statewide, providing information to the public about Alcala's vehicle. That afternoon, Kaylee was found unharmed at a family member's home in Rosamond.
A short time later, Kern County sheriff's deputies spotted Alcala dining at a nearby fast-food restaurant and arrested him without incident.
Ochoa underwent surgery and survived her wounds. She and her daughter were reunited the next day.
Alcala was initially charged with kidnapping, but that count was dismissed for lack of evidence following a June 2009 preliminary hearing. He faces deportation after serving his prison sentence.