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Sentence reduced for Oakland teenager convicting of igniting other teen's skirt in bus attack


OAKLAND, California — A Northern California teenager who was convicted of setting the skirt of another teen on fire on a public bus has had his 7-year sentence reduced.

The Oakland Tribune reported Monday (http://bayareane.ws/1Ip6MXC ) that the modified sentence means Richard Thomas likely won't have to spend time in an adult prison after he turns 18 on Thursday.

Thomas pleaded no contest to assault last year in the November 2013 attack on Luke "Sasha" Fleischman that prosecutors claimed was motivated by homophobia.

Fleischman, who identified as "agender," was sleeping on an AC Transit bus and suffered second- and third-degree burns when Thomas set his skirt aflame with a lighter.

The Tribune says Alameda County Judge Paul Delucchi agreed to resentence Thomas to 5 years based on his good behavior and to recommend that he remain in juvenile detention for the remainder of his term.

Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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