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Teen gets six years for carjacking and assault

POSTED November 13, 2009 10:15 p.m.
A teenager convicted of assaulting and carjacking an elderly woman was sentenced to six years in state prison on Nov. 6.
Kurtis Smith, age 17, of Fresno was convicted of carjacking and admitted to personally inflicting great bodily injury on the victim of the carjacking, the district attorney’s office said.
Smith and Isreal Gonzales, 18, were both residents of the Turlock group home where the victim worked. According to the prosecution, on June 15, Smith and Gonzales, beat up the 60-year-old caretaker and took her vehicle.
The caretaker suffered a broken rib and several bruises.
Both Smith and Gonzales were arrested in Fresno within a couple of days of the attack. They were each prosecuted as adults due the seriousness of the offense, the district attorney’s office said.
Upon entry of the no contest plea, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Scott Steffan sentenced Smith to six years in state prison. Gonzales, also 17 years at the time of the attack, was previously sentenced to six
years in state prison for his involvement in the crimes.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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