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A St. Helena man was sentenced last week in Napa County Superior Court to 180 days in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest to assaulting his girlfriend and an EMT who came to help her.

Carlo Trinchero, 29, was arrested last spring following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at their home on Lydia Court.

His girlfriend said she was knocked unconscious when Trinchero picked her up off the ground and threw her into the closet where she struck her head on a built-in shelf, according to court documents.

When she awoke, the woman called 911 and waited outside for emergency responders. While she was being helped by EMTs, Trinchero demanded her cellphone and threatened EMTs, the court reported.

The EMT told investigators that after the ambulance doors were shut and locked, Trinchero pushed him to the ground and punched him in the left side of the head.

Trinchero was arrested the same day, May 15, and pleaded no contest to the felony charges – inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and battery with injury on a custodial officer – on Dec. 14.

In a letter to Judge Mark Boessenecker, Trinchero said that he has sought counseling since the incident and that there is no excuse for what he did.

“I will regret it for the rest of my life,” Trinchero wrote. He said that he loves the victim, now his fiancé, and that the two plan to get married and raise a family.

According to the probation officer’s report, it’s “plausible” that Trinchero’s behavior that night, although egregious, was out of character.

Trinchero works as a director of fine wine for the Trinchero Family Estates – the family business, according to court documents.

Trinchero is scheduled to be remanded into custody on April 11.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.