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Year in jail for beating 71-year-old

The 18-year-old who pled guilty to beating a 71-year-old Sikh man from Manteca in an altercation that went viral and united the community over the summer will serve one year in the San Joaquin County Jail. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Tyrone Keith McAllister was sentenced by San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Michael Mulvihill to serve one year in county custody as part of a plea agreement with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office. McAllister pled guilty to a single count of attempted robbery in exchange for the dismissal of a charge of elder abuse. 

The shocking case was caught on a home surveillance tape and showed 71-year-old Sahib Singh Natt being confronted by McAllister and a juvenile while walking around Greystone Park back in August. McAallister, who was ultimately identified by the public thanks to social media photos showing him wearing the same sweatshirt that is depicted in the video, can be seen kicking and striking the elderly man multiple times, knocking him to the ground, and returning to assault him ever after he laid on the asphalt. 

“I stand before you today as a Sikh American beaten, but not defeated,” the victim said in a prepared statement, read by community advocate Parminder Singh Sahi. “I didn’t know how I would react if I ever got to stand in front of the individuals that had done this to me.

“And as this case has progressed, I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions from sadness, anger, vigilance and remorse, not for myself, but for you, Mr. McAllister. We live in a great land of opportunities for all of us and you have so much left to throw it away by assaulting someone five to six times your age.”

It was widely revealed in the media after McAllister’s arrest that he was the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister – who issued a Facebook statement disavowing his son’s actions, and noting that the young man was estranged from his family after several run-ins with the law. McAllister’s father did not attend any of the court proceedings for his leading up to Tuesday’s sentencing, and was not present when Mulvihill approved the plea agreement between defense counsel and the San Joaquin District Attorney’s office. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.