Dunsmuir man convicted, faces life in prison

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A Siskiyou County jury trial that lasted more than four weeks concluded May 17 with Joseph August Marsala, age 34 of Dunsmuir, being found guilty of offenses stemming from a violent attack in May 2009.

Marsala faces a life in prison sentence after being convicted on charges of false imprisonment, with the special allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury in circumstances of domestic violence; assault by force likely to commit great bodily injury, again with great bodily injury; intimidation of a witness; and torture.

The jury acquitted him of attempted murder and the kidnapping, arson and sexual assault offenses, after deliberating the charges for six hours after four weeks of trial.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 17.

District Attorney Kirk Andrus commended the courage of the victim, who was subject to what he said was an “unusually lengthy and intrusive examination” that lasted several days at the trial.

“This was not easy for her but she showed great resolve in the face of monumental adversity, including threats of retaliation,” said Andrus.

“Our primary concern is for victims, including victims of domestic violence who do enjoy the basic human rights of peace and security. In this case we hope that a measure of justice will help heal the emotional wounds that often leave the more significant scars,” added Andrus.

As reported in a press release from the DA’s office, testimony during the trial revealed that the victim was severely beaten over a period of days and her brain was bleeding when she received medical attention on May 28, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta.

She subsequently spent six days in intensive care.

Marsala was arrested for the crimes by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department. “Deputy Chris McGrew was cited for his excellent work as the reporting patrol deputy,”?according to the press release from the DA’s office.