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OC deputy convicted of domestic violence

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February 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An Orange County Sheriff's deputy was convicted Monday of charges of domestic violence and violating a protective order.

Trabuco Canyon resident Travis Unholz, 36, was charged with a felony count of attempted possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery with corporal injury. Unholz pleaded guilty to both charges.

Unholz reportedly got in an argument with his wife and pushed her to the ground, a domestic violence incident, on Jan. 30 at about 5 p.m. Two children of the wife's from a previous relationship were home at the time. The woman called a friend, who reported the incident to the Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Unholz was arrested, and the next day posted bail and was released. A protective order against the wife and children was issued. The order prohibited Unholz from possession or intent to acquire firearms.

On Feb. 2, Unholz allegedly contacted a friend to help him to acquire an automatic weapon and a survival kit, according to the sheriff's department. That friend reported the incident to the department. Unholz was arrested later that evening.

Unholz was sentenced to 19 days in jail and three years of formal probation with domestic violence terms. He is also barred from owning or possessing any firearms. A protective order was issued prohibiting him from having any contact with the victim or his two children.