Monday, September 5, 2016

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination . . .

. . . to think these two were acting out some internal issues.

  • Suspect in paintball attack on gay nightclub released, ordered to return to court

  • By Roger Phillips
    Record Staff Writer 

    Posted Aug. 31, 2016 at 6:08 PMUpdated Aug 31, 2016 at 8:48 PM 
    STOCKTON — One of the three teen suspects in a June paintball attack on a gay nightclub in north Stockton was ordered released on his own recognizance Wednesday afternoon, two days after his arrest.
  • Austin Richardson still faces charges in the June 12 attack at the Paradise Nightclub on North Lower Sacramento Road. Two men and a woman were struck in the paintball attack, but they did not report any injuries.
  • Richardson, 18, had been held on $400,000 bail following his arrest Monday.Judge Ron Northup agreed to release Richardson on the condition he not communicate with codefendants Branden Keithly Staples and a 16-year-old boy whose name has not been released; that he stay away from the Paradise Nightclub and the victims; and that he be searchable without a warrant for paintball materials, fireworks and weapons.
  • Richardson’s mother and sister attended Wednesday’s arraignment. Both declined to answer questions afterward. Attorney David Wellenbrock appeared on behalf of Richardson but said he has not yet been retained by the young man’s family.
  • “They don’t think he’s a danger to society,” Wellenbrock said of the release of Richardson, which was done without objection by the District Attorney’s Office. “They think he’ll show up in court.”
  • The next court appearance for Richardson and Staples is scheduled for Sept. 12. Unlike Richardson, Staples remains in jail. Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau said Tuesday that Staples is considering accepting a plea agreement, an offer that expires after his next court appearance.
  • Richardson, like Staples, is charged in the paintball case with three counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and three counts of committing hate crimes.
  • Bail for Staples is set at $6 million, according to jail records — 15 times higher than the bail that was set for Richardson.
  • In addition to the paintball charges, Staples faces multiple felony charges that involve alleged possession of an explosive device, as well as a threat he is alleged to have made on social media to harm staff at St. Mary’s High School.According to the criminal complaint filed with the court, Staples used an explosive device with “intent to injure, intimidate or terrify” in mid-May, and made the criminal threat involving St. Mary’s about one week before the paintball attack.
  • The Paradise Nightclub attack occurred at about the same time a Florida gunman was carrying out one of the largest mass shootings in American history inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding 53.

1 comment:

glen_mc said...

Blondie will probably end up in "Gay for Pay" movies!