Boy held in attack on WWII vet will go to rehab

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Updated: 12/20/2013 9:14 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.

 

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