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Attackers ordered to pay man thousands in restitution

Sum of more than $44,000 to go to victim in mistaken identity case

Two men convicted of a beating and stabbing in East Palo Alto that left a man partially paralyzed have been ordered to pay the victim and his daughter $36,700 and $7,340, respectively, despite their appeal to a judge that the amount was excessive, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office said.

Christian Eduardo Juarez-Medrano, 21, of Redwood City, and Oscar Juarez-Medrano, 26, of East Palo Alto, had pleaded no contest on Sept. 1 to beating a man, who was baby-sitting for his sister and her husband while they went to a Christmas party on Dec. 10, 2016.

When the sister and husband returned, the Medranos confronted them outside their Cooley Avenue apartment. The couple ignored them and went inside. But 15 minutes later, when the man and his daughter left the apartment, the men began beating him in what police said was a case of mistaken identity.

Christian Medrano stabbed the man in the torso and in the head, into the victim's brain. The victim was rushed to Stanford Hospital by ambulance and underwent emergency brain surgery. He is permanently paralyzed on the right side of his body. Medrano pleaded no contest to felony attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison; Oscar Medrano, who also pleaded no contest, was sentenced to felony assault and placed on three years of supervised probation with 225 days credit for time served.

The probation department recommended the men pay $36,700 in restitution to the man for medical care, lost wages and rehabilitation. But the defendants balked at the recommendation and asked the court for a hearing to consider a lower amount, the District Attorney's Office said.

A judge will also determine additional restitution to the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board.

Charges against the wife of Oscar Medrano were dropped due to insufficient evidence.


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27 people like this
Posted by Good Grief
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm

The victim is paralyzed for life on half his body, and the perp is claiming $36.7K is too much in restitution?
I would have guessed the defendants would have had to pay more like $3M for something like that.

7 people like this
Posted by C-
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

C- is a registered user.

Sadly, they'll probably never see a dime.
Why is Santa Clara County so reluctant to issue Concealed Carry Permits? Even if he wasn't carrying, if enough people did, it may cause the perps to think twice before deciding it's a good idea to beat a man into a coma in front of his daughter.

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