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June 16, 2013

Second suspect in tire iron attack sentenced

By CHRISTIN COYNE

The second of two men accused in connection with the tire iron beating of a juvenile walking down South Main Street in October pleaded guilty to aggravated assault earlier this month.

Juan Daniel Garcia, 18, was sentenced on June 6 to four years in prison.

Co-defendant David Anthony Sanchez, 27, pleaded guilty in March to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and received a 25-year sentence.

Three boys, 14 or 15 years old, were walking down South Main Street to meet a family member who worked at a restaurant in the 1500 block, according to Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise. One of the teens was wearing a ghillie suit, a type of camouflage.

The men apparently first saw them as they passed by a restaurant in the 1200 block of South Main Street and made a comment about the ghillie suit, DuBoise said, adding that the teen laughed it off.

Later, the men, driving a white SUV, reportedly pulled into a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Main behind the teens and proceeded to attack the boys.

Sanchez struck one teen with a tire iron, causing a laceration requiring seven staples, before the men drove away.

The boys were able to give police a partial license plate number, leading police to Sanchez and Garcia.

Garcia received a lighter sentence because of his role in the attack, according to Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise.

According to witnesses and the victims, Garcia jumped out of the passenger side and attempted to punch one of the victims but missed, DuBoise said.

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