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Men Sentenced To Probation For Events At August House Party

Two Cottonwood men who were roughed up by Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies at a house party last year have been placed on probation. Last November the sheriff’s office responded with a statement within hours after videos became viral in local social media showing deputies using force against people at a party on Collin Court in Cottonwood. At the time, Undersheriff Eric Magrini said deputies were there after reports of a loud party with more than a hundred people. He says arriving deputies saw evidence of drinking and drugs, and a number of apparently underaged people were present. Some of the partygoers went into the house, and the deputies followed, looking for the resident. They ordered everyone to sit on the floor and found 28-year-old Tad Pfrimmer, the son of the homeowner. He appeared to be asleep and did not respond to their orders. Magrini acknowledges that the deputies used their fists against Pfrimmer, but some witnesses on social media say Pfrimmer was beaten with a flashlight or baton as the party guests making cell phone videos were subdued by pepper spray and ordered to remain seated on the floor. 27-year-old Alex Gattica got to his feet against orders and took an aggressive stance, challenging the deputies to fight and encouraging others to do the same, before also being beaten down by the deputies. In August, Gattica entered guilty pleas to resisting or obstructing an officer and an EMT and Pfrimmer pled guilty to 3 counts of resisting or obstructing an officer. On Tuesday Gattica was sentenced to formal probation, during which he must complete alcohol counseling and refrain from drinking. Pfrimmer was given 3 years informal probation.