Bail doubled for Easton man accused of pointing firearm at mother of his children – The Express-Times

A Northampton County judge on Friday morning doubled the bail of a former Marine accused of pointing a handgun at his live-in girlfriend.

William Sanchez, of Easton, is in Northampton County Prison after Judge Edward Smith raised his bail to 10 percent of $150,000 for charges of terroristic threats and five counts of possession of a prohibited firearm. Sanchez had been free after posting $7,500 bail set March 1 by District Judge Richard Yetter.

Easton police said Sanchez, 39, pointed a Glock .40 caliber handgun at Tiffany Dellatore and threatened to kill her during a domestic dispute March 5 at their apartment in the 1400 block of Washington Street. By the time police arrived, Sanchez had left, but they found two handguns and three rifles, including one military-grade rifle, inside the apartment, police said. 

Sanchez is prohibited from owning firearms for a 2003 aggravated assault charge, where he threatened to shoot at police officers. The weapon later turned out to be a BB gun, according to reports.

Assistant District Attorney Anthony Casola petitioned the court Friday to raise Sanchez’s bail, saying the severity of his charges made him a threat to the community. But Defense attorney Gary Asteak said the charges held no merit and will not survive a preliminary hearing.

Sanchez does not live in Dellatore’s apartment, Asteak said, but lives in the same building. The weapons he’s accused of possessing are registered to other people, he said.

“All of the weapons were not his. At no point has he wielded a weapon,” Asteak said.

Sanchez is not a flight risk, and his employer wrote a letter calling him a stellar worker, Asteak said. A court officer in pretrial services said Sanchez has complied with all supervision requests to date, and she recommended his bail remain the same.

Sanchez asked Smith to let him remain free on bail, saying he needed to work to support his sons, whom he shares with Dellatore. The family relies on his paycheck and he never aimed the Glock at his ex-girlfriend, he said.

“I live for those boys. I give all that money to her,” Sanchez said through tears. “I just ask that you let me support my boys.”

Prosecutors disputed that Sanchez didn’t live in the apartment or handle the weapons. Mail and magazines with his name on them were found in the apartment, and male clothing was present in the bedroom. Sanchez is an honorably discharged Marine, his dog tags were found in his room, and one of the military firearms had his name on it, police said.

Smith agreed the charges were serious enough to warrant a change in the bail and raised it to $150,000. However, he ordered Sanchez’s preliminary hearing be held in the next 15 days so Asteak would have an earlier opportunity to argue the charges be dismissed. The preliminary hearing had been scheduled for April 21.

“I don’t like the idea that bail is being asked to be raised and the preliminary hearing is being delayed,” Smith said.

“How do I provide for my boys?” Sanchez asked as sheriff’s deputies handcuffed him and began removing his personal belongings from his pockets.

After the hearing, Asteak said he was extremely disappointed in the bail change.

“For a working-class guy who’s trying to make a living, $150,000 is a lot of money,” he said.

“The bail is fair, and it will serve and protect the community, which is what we were concerned with,” Casola said.

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