Charges reduced to aggravated assault |

Charges reduced to aggravated assault

Gregory Crofton

A 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe man found by police nearly beaten to death Feb. 21 was released Tuesday from Washoe Medical Center.

Charged with the crime is a 17-year-old boy from Meyers. At first an officer booked him for attempted murder, but the charge has been lessened to aggravated assault with great bodily injury.

Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said the 17-year-old will be treated as an adult. If convicted, he could be sentenced to four years in prison.

The reported assault occurred about 8 p.m. on Sierra Boulevard just south of Armstrong Avenue.

Police allege that the juvenile beat the man after he found him flirting with his girlfriend. A citizen driving past the alleged attack got out of his car and stopped the fight, police said.

The 17-year-old and the 19-year-old had been attending a small party at a Sierra Boulevard residence before the incident occurred.

Investigators arrested the 17-year-old at his Meyers residence Feb. 22 around 4 a.m.

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