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February 20, 2013
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Calif. restaurant owner sentenced in homeless beating

SALINAS — A Salinas restaurant owner convicted in connection with the near-fatal beating of a homeless man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation.

The Salinas Californian reports that a Monterey County judge issued the sentence against 32-year-old James DeLeon on Tuesday. DeLeon had pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact in the October assault on the 55-year-old man.

His brother, 43-year-old Robert DeLeon, is still facing an attempted murder charge in the attack. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have said the brothers — owners of the XL Grindhouse restaurant in Oldtown Salinas — did not like that the man often loitered around their business.

James DeLeon’s attorney, Juliet Peck, said her client did not know the attack was going to occur and had very limited participation.

Information from: The Salinas Californian.

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