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Track Palin kicked out of therapeutic court and sentenced to a year in jail

Track Palin talks with his lawyer, Patrick Bergt, before his change of plea hearing in Veterans Court at the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

An Anchorage judge kicked Track Palin out of a therapeutic court for veterans Thursday and sentenced him to a year in jail  in the wake of a new domestic violence charge against the oldest son of former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Palin was arrested Friday night for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend and head-butting troopers arresting him.

The new assault charge triggered his removal from Anchorage Veterans Court, where he had been working toward having charges stemming from a Dec. 16 altercation with his father at the Palin family home in Wasilla reduced.

In the December incident, Track Palin broke into the Palin family home in Wasilla and assaulted his father, leaving him bleeding from the head, charges in the case said.

In the therapeutic court, Palin had agreed to undergo intensive treatment and meet stringent conditions including weekly court appearances in exchange for much lighter penalties if he completed the program.

Palin, an Army veteran who served a year in Iraq, had enrolled in Veterans Court under the condition that he'd spend a year in jail for the charge related to the fight with his father if he didn't complete the program.

Track Palin entered the courtroom in Anchorage's Boney Courthouse on Wednesday with his attorney and his father, Todd Palin, by his side.

Todd Palin, the lawyer for his son Track Palin, Patrick Bergt, and Track Palin wait across the street from Boney Courthouse that was cleared after fire alarms sounded on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018. The three were there to attend a change of plea hearing for Track Palin. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Todd Palin listens to the proceeding during his son Track Palin’s change of plea hearing in Veterans Court at the Boney Courthouse in Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Todd Palin spoke briefly, asking the court that his son be allowed to stay in Veterans Court.

Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace told Palin that the new domestic violence allegation was "disheartening" and that he had to remove him from the program. Palin also attempted  veterans court in a 2016 domestic violence case but did not finish.

"Don't give up on yourself," Wallace said. "I'm sure your dad and your mom haven't given up on you, either."

Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen asked that Palin report to jail to begin serving his sentence immediately. Palin's attorney asked for two months.

The judge compromised, ordering Palin to begin serving his sentence on Oct. 31.

Palin likely won't end up spending a full year in prison: Some of his time spent in inpatient treatment or on electronic monitoring could be counted as jail time.

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