Two East Palo Alto men who recorded themselves pushing a young boy in the head with a loaded handgun and threatening to shoot him and his father because the father is an alleged gang member were sentenced to four years and four months in state prison on Friday, Sept. 19.
The men also threatened the child with the handgun as one man racked a round in the weapon, according to the cell phone video, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.
Wilbert Ard, 28, and Dwayne Anthony Henry, 21, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court on June 4 to commission of felony by gang member, felony false imprisonment; a gun enhancement and gang member enhancement and a serious felony allegation for the Feb. 19, 2013, incident.
Police had arrested Ard and Henry on March 11, 2013, for violating their parole and probation after being forbidden to associate with each other as part of their probation agreement, according to the DA's office. Ard possessed a cell phone that had numerous videos, including one that showed both men allegedly roughing up a boy, who is about 3 to 5 years old.
Investigators were unable to locate the boy and his father, according to the DA.
Ard also admitted to committing a violent felony while on parole allegation, and Henry admitted to committing a felony while on probation.