Man earns 3-year term after judge calls him a ‘terror’ to community
by Neal Putnam
Published - 02/07/13 - 11:10 AM | 7923 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 19-year-old Ocean Beach man was sentenced Jan. 22 to three years in state prison for robbing two juveniles of their cell phones at knifepoint. The judge described him as a “terror” because the man was on probation at the time for a stabbing on Newport Avenue some months earlier.

Gibran Torres Perez said nothing after San Diego Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring described him as “being a terror in the community, assaulting people, (and) wearing protective armor.”

Prosecutors agreed with the judge’s assessment.

“He has been a terror throughout all of 2012,” said Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai, adding that Perez showed “a lack of remorse about his actions … and continued to carry weapons.”

The robberies were committed on Oct. 29 on Voltaire Street. Perez was on probation for an April 14 incident in which a 20-year-old man was stabbed with a metal tool and taken to a hospital.

“It saddens me to see a young kid go to prison,” said Perez’s attorney, Tim Brackney, who suggested Perez get a lower sentence in county jail instead of prison. He said the offenses occurred because Perez misused alcohol and drugs.

Moring said “probation is out” for Perez with respect to the new offense, noting Perez “failed miserably” for offenses he committed as a juvenile.

Perez is expected to serve 85 percent of the three-year term.

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