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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Baseball bat beating leads to prison for Maui brothers


Associated Press

WAILUKU, Hawaii Two Maui brothers have been sentenced to prison in connection with the baseball bat beating of an off-duty police officer.

Forty-two-year-old Leonard Sauceda Jr. received a 20-year sentence Tuesday, while 39-year-old Steven Sauceda received 15 years behind bars.

The two were initially charged with attempted second-degree murder. They pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Sgt. Jamie Becraft was beaten with a baseball bat and kicked when he was attacked April 4, 2009, outside his home.

The attack occurred when Becraft tried to stop a teenage boy from using a cast on his arm to smash mailboxes outside Becraft's house.

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Information from: The Maui News, www.mauinews.com