Kilgore sentenced to one year in jail |

Kilgore sentenced to one year in jail

Gregory Crofton

An 18-year-old convicted of severely beating a man has been sentenced to one year in jail and one year in rehabilitation for his crime.

In February, the 19-year-old who had been beaten was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center where he spent time in a coma and received 22 stitches in his upper lip, which was ripped in half.

Derek Kilgore, a Meyers resident, admitted in a no-contest plea that he beat the man for flirting with his girlfriend outside a party. Because Kilgore was 17 when he committed the assault, he was transported to juvenile hall in Placerville to wait for his day in court. In the hall, he broke several rules.

That forced El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury to scrap his sentencing hearing and send him to prison for about a month for a diagnostic evaluation. At Dual Vocational Facility in Tracy, Calif., tests were used to determine if a Kilgore is suited for probation.

On June 25, Kingsbury read the diagnostic and decided to sentence Kilgore to a year in jail, a year at a rehabilitations camp in Placerville and three years probation.

Rising Hope is the rehabilitation camp Kilgore is expected to be sent to near the end of the year. It provides anger management, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, life skills and job training.

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