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*Sonoma 29-Year Prison Term For Brutal Assault At Skate Park

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The last defendant convicted of the kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault of two developmentally disabled young men at a Santa Rosa skate park last year was sentenced to a 29-year state prison term this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court.Deputy District Attorney Juliette Olsen told Judge Kenneth Gnoss that 20-year-old Frederick Caddell Jr. was one of the “ringleaders” in a “vicious and brutal attack on the two unsuspecting victims who did nothing to cause the attack” early in the morning of April 26.The mother of victim John Doe 1 was trembling when she told Caddell how she saw blood coming from her son’s eyes and ears after the incidents that had lasted hours at the Fulton Avenue skate park. “I am so livid. You should have seen my son. It was the worst thing you’ll ever want to see. I can never forgive you,” she told Caddell. Caddell said he is extremely sorry. “I don’t know what came over me that night. I know the victims’ lives will be changed forever and mine will too. I feel horrible for what I did,” Caddell said.Caddell was sentenced for kidnapping, robbery, assault, forcing the victims to perform oral copulation on each other, threatening or intimidating a witness or victim and attempted sodomy by threat.All five defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to the offenses against the victims, who were 19 and 20 at the time. Their sentences ranged between 8 and 23 years depending on their level of participation. Despite Caddell’s apology, Olsen said he showed very little acknowledgement of guilt or remorse and instead blamed intoxication and drugs for his behavior. She said a detective who interviewed Caddell on April 26 found no signs of intoxication or drug use.In a letter to the court, John Doe 1 said he still has trouble sleeping. “I just want to forget it all,” he wrote.The father of John Doe 2 said his son is still stressed and angry about the incident. He said his son’s life is now a “non-stop struggle for survival.” He berated Caddell for stating he was a sexoholic on his MySpace page and for asking people to write to him.
“Your remorse is just a show to get leniency,” the father said.

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