Smog technician sentenced to probation


A Menlo Park smog technician charged with selling false smog test results for $150 was sentenced June 30 to three years' probation.

Thanh Dang, 33, of San Jose pleaded no contest May 10 to one charge of felony perjury. As part of the plea bargain, the prosecution dropped 14 of the 15 perjury counts in exchange for a maximum possible sentence of four years in prison.

Criminal Presiding Judge Susan Etezadi ruled in favor of the defense's request to strike two prior felony convictions for attempted robbery, sparing Mr. Dang from a harsher sentence under California's three strikes law.

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