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Teens who beat 68-year-old heart patient get prison terms

Brazen daytime attack sent man to the hospital for three days

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has sentenced two 18-year-olds who beat and robbed a man with a heart condition to prison, the San Mateo County District Attorney's office said.

Joel Augustine Antoine Jr. and Jordan Thorn of East Palo Alto received three-year sentences for the Aug. 14, 2014, attack and robbery of a 68-year-old man. Antoine and Thorn had burglarized a residence on the 1900 block of Cooley Avenue in East Palo Alto and stole a laptop, jewelry and distinctive Jordan basketball shoes, according to police.

At about 4 p.m. that day, the two men and a juvenile accomplice approached the victim, who was riding his bicycle on University Avenue near Sacramento Street. The attackers punched the older man off his bicycle, knocking him to the ground and into the lane of traffic. They started going through his pockets, demanding money. The victim rolled on his side to protect himself from traffic, and the defendants continued to search him for money, according to the DA's office.

One of the defendants kicked the victim very hard in the chest. Neighbors and passing motorists called police, and the assailants fled. The victim, who had open-heart surgery 15 years prior, was taken to the hospital. Doctors had to remove fluid from around his heart. He was hospitalized for three days, according to the DA's office.

East Palo Alto police caught the attackers and found a backpack containing the stolen property from the burglary.

Antoine and Thorn received 715 days credit for time served. They must pay $305 restitution to the victim, plus restitution to the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board for an undetermined amount and additional restitution to the three burglary victims, plus additional fines and compensation.

On March 14, the day of their trial, Thorn and Antoine pleaded no contest to felony robbery with great bodily injury with en enhancement for assaulting an elder victim.

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