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Skateboarder pleas no contest

Christina Proctor

The skateboarder accused of using his board as a deadly weapon against a bus driver pleaded no contest to the charge after waiving his right to a jury trial last Tuesday.

Ryan Kelly Kinsey, 18, of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested June 11 after being asked to leave the 52-year-old driver’s bus because he and three of his friends were causing a disturbance. South Lake Tahoe police officers testified during a preliminary hearing of the case that Kinsey stepped down the stairs of the bus to leave, then turned and struck the victim on the head with his skateboard before fleeing the bus. The bus driver suffered injuries on the left side of his head.

Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara said part of Kinsey’s plea agreement is that if he successfully completes 18 months of probation the charge of assault with a deadly weapon against a transportation driver would be reduced to assault with a deadly weapon.

With the simple assault charge, which is considered a wobbler felony, Kinsey could go before a judge and ask that it be reduced to a misdemeanor after he completes his probation.

Sentencing on the conviction is scheduled for Jan. 12 in El Dorado Superior Court.

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