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O.C. deputy convicted of domestic violence

February 28, 2011 |  2:38 pm

An Orange County sheriff's deputy was convicted Monday of committing domestic violence against his wife, prosecutors said.

Travis Christopher Unholz, 36, was sentenced to 19 days in jail and probation after pleading guilty to domestic battery and a felony firearms violation.

The charges arose from a Jan. 30 incident in which the deputy argued with his wife and pushed her to the floor.

A friend of the deputy's wife reported the incident to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which investigated the incident.

The firearms charge arose from a call Unholz made days later to a friend, asking for help acquiring an automatic weapon and a survival kit, according to the Orange County district attorney's Office.

A spokesman for the Sheriff's Department could not be reached Monday for information on how or whether the conviction will affect Unholz's status as a deputy. However, felony convictions for law enforcement officers commonly result in termination.

-- Robert Faturechi