Doubtful judge allows Linda wife-stalker probation
A Linda man who originally was charged with the attempted murder of his wife was sentenced Monday in Yuba County Superior Court to time already served in jail, put on probation for three years and freed from custody.
The wife of Por Vue, 34, told authorities that Vue came to her residence in August with an aerosol can and a lighter and threatened to burn down the home with her and their children in it. The couple's son later reported that it was a can of Monster brand energy drink, not an aerosol can, said Vue's attorney, Raymond J. Simmons of Chico.
Vue pleaded no contest Nov. 28 to a reduced charge of stalking. Besides the attempted murder charge, there had been 55 other charges and enhancements.
The incident occurred in August after a jury found Vue guilty of battering his wife. Vue was under a court order to stay away from the wife's residence, but she invited him to come, said Simmons.
Simmons said Vue will appeal the battery conviction because it was based on a photo of the wife taken after the fact. A mark on her head in the picture actually was the result of a Hmong ritual meant to dispel evil spirits, he said.
The wife did not testify in the battery trial.
Judge James Curry said the law calls for probation but expressed doubt that Vue will comply with the terms. He ordered Vue to stay away from his wife and children unless a court allows visitation or shared custody.
The couple is in the midst of divorce proceedings.
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