Man sentenced to 21 days for attacking 74-year-old woman with skateboard in Pendleton

January 6, 2014 

— A 23-year-old has pleaded guilty to attacking a 74-year-old woman with a skateboard in Pendleton last fall.

Justin Doss was sentenced to 21 days in jail and 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to second-degree assault, the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Doss was skating at the Pendleton skate park Oct. 3 when his dog ran across the street and threatened an elderly woman and her dog.

The woman sprayed Doss’ dog with pepper spray and Doss reacted angrily, hitting her with his skateboard. The woman was not seriously hurt, the release said.

Before the sentencing, prosecutors noted the victim agreed with the plea negotiations, believing it was time for Doss “to grow up and that everyone would be watching.”

Defense attorneys noted Doss has graduated from high school and was working and undergoing treatment for anger management, the release said. He also had minimal prior criminal history and wanted to take accountability for his actions.

“Judge (Lynn) Hampton noted that Mr. Doss received an opportunity and should he fail and violate his probation, the only sanction available would be for the court to send him to serve the presumptive prison sentence,” the release said.

He faced up to 70 months in prison. He will be on probation five years and pay a $3,500 fine, as well as fees and other costs.

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