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Palo Alto man sentenced to year in jail for Portola Valley attack

Original post made on May 11, 2014

A 22-year-old Palo Alto man was sentenced to one year in jail on May 9 after having pleaded no contest to charges of auto burglary and assault of a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy with a baseball bat in April 2013.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on May 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

These news articles keep emphasizing that the perp is a Chechen, which makes it sound like he is a foreigner. How thick is his accent really? He has been living here for many years and attended high school locally, right?

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Posted by local
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

He graduated from Mid Penn in 2011.

While there are many talented, well behaved students at Mid Penn, it is also the destination for many who struggled behaviorally at Paly, Gunn, or other local high schools.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Emphasizing that he is Chechen?? Maybe an aside in the second to last paragraph as a possible explanation of what he yelled at the arresting deputies. The emphasis here is the first paragraph calling him a Palo Altan with a baseball bat assaulting a boy and burglarizing an auto. Also that he's free to party until June 21. No mention that he will probably be out before Christmas, ready to make a positive contribution to society.

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2014 at 12:21 am

And what does he get for mail theft from 18 addresses? A year sounds like too little.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 12, 2014 at 5:20 am

Mail theft looks like circumstantial evidence. Useless to prosecute without witnesses.

"No contest" means this guy isn't owning up to anything.

Won't even lose his voting rights.

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Posted by Throw the book in this case
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

No really. Mail theft is a federal offense. Will he be prosecuted for that Capone style? (The postman always rings twice style?)

How is the boy doing?

This article is too sketchy.

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Posted by Geography Whiz
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

Chechens will be the first to tell you that they are NOT Russians, thank you! They have been trying to achieve separatism for decades. They are also Muslims, many of whom have been radicalized.

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