Boy held in attack on WWII vet will go to rehab

Dec 20, 2013 12:50 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has spared a 12-year-old Fresno boy from being sent to a juvenile correctional facility for allegedly beating and robbing a World War II veteran at gunpoint with two other teens.

The Fresno Bee reports ( Superior Court Judge James Kelley decided Thursday that the boy should be admitted to the Juvenile Justice Campus for a year instead of a "kid prison." The juvenile campus has a rehabilitation program for pre-adolescents.

Authorities say the boy and two 15-year-olds broke into the home of 92-year-old Josef Martin in October. They say the group held Martin at gunpoint, struck him in the face and threw him in a closet as they stole jewelry and cash.

Prosecutors say the boy was a suspect in previous crimes but never charged.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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