Track Palin: Sarah Palin's Oldest Son Goes To Rehab Instead Of Jail For Domestic Violence Charges

Inquisitr Staff

Track Palin is going to rehab instead of jail for domestic violence charges. Sarah Palin's oldest son, Track, was arrested back in January when he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at the time and then threatened to commit suicide. The Alaska Dispatch News reported on Saturday that Track Palin is escaping jail time by accepting a plea deal that drops two out of three charges in exchange for spending time in a "therapeutic program" for alcohol-related treatment.

As a veteran for serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq for one year in 2008, Track Palin was able to opt into a special veteran's court in Anchorage, Alaska, for a case against him stemming from domestic violence charges in January. Track Palin, 27, was arrested at the home of Todd and Sarah Palin on January 18 in Wasilla, Alaska, after allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face and then threatening to commit suicide with an AR-15 rifle.

"The woman had a bruised and swollen left eye, as well as a 'small red area' near her knee where she said Palin kicked her."
"They come back hardened. They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country."

Attorney for Track Palin, Kevin Fitzgerald, transferred the domestic violence case to the Anchorage Veterans Court, thinking that Palin needed "behavioral health treatment," rather than jail time. The Anchorage Veterans Court is specifically for veterans who have been charged with misdemeanors, and Track Palin's domestic violence in January earned him three misdemeanor charges. However, USA Today reports that prosecutors dropped two out of the three misdemeanor charges on Friday in exchange for a plea agreement.

A fourth-degree domestic violence assault charge was dropped, as well as interfering with a report of domestic violence, leaving Track Palin facing one charge of fourth-degree weapons misconduct, a charge that will send him to rehab, rather than jail, under the plea agreement. Fitzgerald said that the one weapon charge would be expunged if Track completes the "alcohol-related" treatment program.

"Otherwise, he could get a 180-day suspended jail sentence and be placed under informal probation for two years."

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