Editor's note (added on Nov. 24, 2021):
This story has been removed after the Santa Clara County District Attorney dismissed charges against a key defendant in March, 2021 due to lack of evidence. The DA declined numerous attempts by the Voice to obtain an explanation for its actions in the case. The court record dismissing the charges states that witnesses in the case refused to cooperate and invoked their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
In light of the ongoing potential for damage to that person’s reputation, the Voice has elected to remove the story about the now-withdrawn allegations against that individual in all of the stories it published about this case.
Two other defendants took plea deals. Steven Carling pleaded no contest to felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and misdemeanor criminal threats, and was sentenced to 224 days in county jail and three years of probation. Lori Walston pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being accessory to a crime and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and three years of probation.