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 on 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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Posted by Cynthia
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

Three years isn't enough. They should be required to attend group and individual counseling and be evaluated for their rehabilitation before being released

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 8, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Three years of daily being knocked off a bike and kicked in the chest, with no credit for time served, seems much more appropriate.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

agree with whatever.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

3 years in prison will just make them more vicious criminals. They easily could have killed the man and certainly have no respect for human life. They deserve more time, a lot more time and should have been convicted of attempted murder. As for the $305 in restitution for the victim, really? where do they even come up with that number?

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Posted by East of 101
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on May 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

I believe that kids in America especially in poor communities are at a disadvantage in many ways. If these were my kids-I would have whipped his behind until some sense got into brain or made his frontal lobe develop faster than expected by scientific research. However, this country calls it abusive parenting. My definition of abuse is a psychological sick gratification to see someone else suffer for no reason. However, this justifies a reason to discipline child in that manner and let belt get that behind into shape! In addition to taking parenting classes so that it would be a combination of whippings and the "talking" approach to deter these types of behavior in kids.My suggestion to San Mateo County is start an initiative of rehabilitation because I feel like most of the prison population comes this county if this county believes more in sending people to prison then rehabilitation. How difficult is to start an initiative in poor communities like public schools where parenting classes are required to teach parents what is expected of them and what their kids might be exposed to while they are away working to make a living. I believe that criminal records are far more damaging to people than a belt to the behind. Mainstream lives is what laws are intended for and not all live mainstream lives.

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