After a morning of intense waiting and negotiations, four of the co-defendants have plead to an agreement that will enable each to avoid prison time and could remove their felony charges within a year.
Antwoine Perry, who was severed from the joint prelim, will have a hearing next Thursday where presumably he’ll be offered a similar deal.
In the resolution, the defendants all plead to a felony count of Penal Code section 69, resisting arrest. The plea was entered with a deferred entry of judgment.
In a year, if they have no further brushes with the law and complete a restorative justice program, the conviction goes away and will never appear on their record.
Deputy DA Ryan Couzens added an additional count, a single count of misdemeanor PC section 242, simple battery.
They received the minimum $286 fine and one year of informal probation.
In explaining the basis for the offer, Mr. Couzens cited their youth, their lack of criminal records and the early stage of these proceedings. He said that, with restorative justice, he is optimistic that it will bring a level of understanding to help all parties go forward.
Judge David Rosenberg said he was hopeful that the defendants would be successful and was pleased that the case could resolve itself.