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Atascadero school district seeks restitution for San Gabriel incident 

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District accrued approximately $111,881 – $206,550 in operation costs and $94,669 in projected revenue loss, school officials say

 The suspect appeared to have been conducting a sort of, "game" with the teachers, much like the movie Saw, and the suspects actions appear to have been designed to evoke fear and panic, according to Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley.

The suspect appeared to have been conducting a sort of, “game” with the teachers, much like the movie Saw, and the suspects actions appear to have been designed to evoke fear and panic, according to Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley.

–A 17-year-old juvenile arrested for the San Gabriel Elementary School threat on Sept. 11 will soon go before a juvenile court for a hearing to determine if the suspect should be tried as an adult, San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said. The suspect is now 18.

Once the District Attorney’s office takes the issue to trial, Atascadero Unified School District has requested that the DA seek restitution for losses associated with the incident.

According to Atascadero Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Jackie Martin, the incident cost the district approximately $111,881 – $206,550 in operation costs and $94,669 in projected revenue loss due to the incident.

“The case started out in juvenile court, because the person charged with it was just shy of his 18th birthday,” Cunningham said.

The hearing will take place on Dec. 10. At that hearing, Cunningham said, the judge will consider five criteria when it is decided whether the case should be handed in juvenile court or adult court:

  1. The degree of criminal sophistication exhibited
  2. Whether the minor can be rehabilitated before juvenile court jurisdiction expires
  3. The minor’s previous delinquency history
  4. The success of previous attempts by the juvenile court to rehabilitate the minor
  5. The circumstances and gravity of the offenses alleged to have been committed by the minor.

Because the suspect was charged while he was still a juvenile, his name cannot be released unless the judge deems that the case should be tried in adult court, Cunningham said.

If the defendant is found guilty and restitution is granted, it will have to be paid as part of convicted’s sentence.

Detailed restitution request

  • Rekeying San Gabriel Road Elementary School Labor and materials $2,778.88
  • Lost revenue in the form of average daily attendance $94,669
  • Construction delay/swing shift to RSH Construction $23,810.23
  • Administrative labor $19,044.14
  • Patriot environmental services for chemical testing $32,585.75
  • San Gabriel Elementary School site security for staff wages and security company $21,728.22
  • Relocation expenses for district staff labor and supplies $11,933.87

 

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, restitution fines are a convicted person’s debt to society and are paid to the Victim’s Compensation Government Claims Board, which is a state agency that exists to serve victims of crime.

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