Developer sentenced in teen-fighting case |

Developer sentenced in teen-fighting case

A Grass Valley developer has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service by a Nevada County Superior Court judge over a fight with a teen-ager.

Rey Johnson’s troubles began Feb. 2 when he allegedly struck a 13-year-old boy near his home on South School Street, court papers show.

Johnson, 51, pleaded no contest Monday to a count of fighting, an infraction. He originally pleaded not guilty to a more serious charge of battery. The battery charge, a misdemeanor, could have carried a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Johnson will have until April 2003 to complete the sentence, Judge M. Kathleen Butz said Tuesday.

Ray Shine, Johnson’s attorney, said his client will do his community service through the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

On Feb. 2, Johnson’s neighbor Steve Enos reported he heard Johnson and a group of teen-agers yelling profanities at each other and Johnson’s dogs barking, court papers show. Enos is a member of the Grass Valley City Council.

The victim told police Johnson struck him with a closed fist on the left side of his face. Johnson told police he did not strike the boy, but only grabbed the youth’s neck.

Johnson’s company, Pacific Land Enterprises, has constructed business and medical buildings on Sierra College Boulevard and at Whispering Pines Business Park in Grass Valley.

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