Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Teen to Admit Assaulting Elderly Man

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Teen to Admit Assaulting Elderly Man

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A Paterson teen accused of punching and knocking out an elderly man - an act caught on a cellphone video that went viral - is expected to be moved to adult court next week to plead guilty to assault charges.

Kristian Gonzalez, who was 17 at the time of the December 2015 incident and has since turned 18, initially was arrested and charged in the juvenile division of state Superior Court in Paterson.

Defense attorney Harley Breite said Thursday that Gonzalez will voluntarily be waived to adult court on Tuesday and will plead guilty to a charge of aggravated assault. He faces a maximum of three years in prison under his plea agreement.

Gonzalez was arrested in February, a few days after a video surfaced online in which a teenager is seen punching an older man without provocation and knocking him out on a street corner. …

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