— Daniella Rivera (@RiveraDanie) October 3, 2018
Courtesy of NBC News:
The oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will spend a year in custody after a judge ruled Wednesday that allegations of hitting a woman on the head disqualified him from a therapeutic program for veterans stemming from a separate assault case.
Track Palin, 29, has been accused of three attacks on people close to him over the past few years, the most recent coming last week. Palin, an Army veteran who served one year in Iraq, entered a program intended to rehabilitate veterans after he was arrested in an assault on his father less than a year ago.
Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace told Track Palin that he violated conditions of a plea agreement in the earlier case and must report to a halfway house at month’s end.
The Department of Corrections will determine if he serves time at the halfway house or behind bars. Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen said jail time is unlikely.
The judge could have chosen to let Palin remain in Alaska Veterans Court, which gives eligible former service members the option of enrolling in mental health treatment instead of a traditional sentence.
Here is more from ADN:
Track Palin entered the courtroom in Anchorage’s Boney Courthouse on Wednesday with his attorney and his father, Todd Palin, by his side.
Todd Palin spoke briefly, asking the court that his son be allowed to stay in Veterans Court.
Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace told Palin that the new domestic violence allegation was “disheartening” and that he had to remove him from the program. Palin also attempted veterans court in a 2016 domestic violence case but did not finish.
“Don’t give up on yourself,” Wallace said. “I’m sure your dad and your mom haven’t given up on you, either.”
Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen asked that Palin report to jail to begin serving his sentence immediately. Palin’s attorney asked for two months.
The judge compromised, ordering Palin to begin serving his sentence on Oct. 31.
Palin likely won’t end up spending a full year in prison: Some of his time spent in inpatient treatment or on electronic monitoring could be counted as jail time.
You know I have not often had kind things to say about Todd Palin, but one thing that I will say is that he loves his kids. Even the kids that may not, in fact, be his own flesh and blood.
For him to show up for Track like this, after Track beat the crap out of him, is admirable.
However, I am still convinced that requesting that he stay in Veteran’s Court or get a reduced sentence is not doing the thug any favors.
Track has been given more chances than just about anybody to get his shit together, and he is still a violent drunken asshole.
At this point, Todd should think less about saving his son, which could be a lost cause and more about keeping the people in his son’s life safe.