East Wenatchee attorney gets federal probation for plea to spousal assault

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FRESNO, California — East Wenatchee lawyer Paul S. Kube has been sentenced to five years on federal probation for striking his spouse during an argument in Yosemite National Park two years ago.

Kube, 56, pleaded guilty to assault in the Eastern District of California’s U.S. District Court last June. He could have faced up to a year in jail. In addition to probation, Kube must pay a $2,000 fine.

Paul S. Kube

Yosemite park rangers arrested Kube in September 2019 while he and his wife were camping there. In their campground, the two began arguing and Kube punched his wife in the face in front of onlookers. Rangers who investigated said Kube was visibly drunk, and his wife had a bruise under her eye.

Domestic assault in a national park is a federal offense. Rangers originally cited Kube for assault, intoxication and disorderly conduct, the total of which could have carried up to a five-year prison term. He spent five days jailed in Fresno before his release on $25,000 bond.

The remaining charges were dismissed with his sentencing Friday, in which U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd assigned Kube the 60-month probationary term. Any violation of his probation could send him to jail for up to a year.

His case will also be referred within 30 days to the Washington State Bar Association, for possible sanctions against his law license.