Man sentenced to 1.5 years in assault, drug possession

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A transient man was sentenced Thursday to 1.5 years in custody for assaulting a man and being found in possession of heroin.

Clemente S. Bosch, 36, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to third-degree assault and heroin possession stemming from the Sept. 27 incident. Bosch initially faced first-degree assault but that charge was amended in exchange for his guilty pleas.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bosch assaulted a man, identified in court records as Eric King, at a residence in the 1300 block of Northeast 31st Street in Vancouver. One witness said he saw Bosch standing over King wearing brass knuckles, while King was on his knees with his face bleeding. The witness said Bosch then went into the living room and grabbed a metal weight, and began to walk back toward King as he fled to a bedroom. Bosch also grabbed a sword that was hanging on the wall and brandished it at King, the affidavit said.

King told police that Bosch hit him about 10 times with brass knuckles and continued to hit him after he fell down, according to court documents. Several teeth were knocked out.

Additionally, while Bosch was being booked into the Clark County Jail, a canister containing heroin fell from his underwear, the affidavit read.

On Thursday, Judge Daniel Stahnke agreed to follow the attorneys’ previously agreed-upon recommendation of 18 months with credit for 48 days in custody. However, he denied Bosch’s request to report to the jail at a later date. Bosch was taken into custody following the hearing.