Sacto 9-1-1
November 13, 2008
Four teens convicted in West Sacramento beating of Amtrak engineer

From Hudson Sangree:

Yolo County jurors returned guilty verdicts Thursday against four young men accused of attacking an Amtrak engineer last year in West Sacramento.

Three of the defendants - Pauliton Nunes, 20, Austen Nunes, 18, and Orlando Javier Ramos, 16 - were convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

A fourth defendant - Daniel Bonge, 18 - was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

Jurors found all four were members of the Broderick Boys street gang.

A fifth defendant, Robert Reynolds, 17, was acquitted on all charges.

Jurors rejected attempted murder charges against all of the defendants.

The five were accused of severely beating engineer Jacob Keating, including hitting him on the head with a vodka bottle and a fire extinguisher.

Keating testified he stopped the Capitol Corridor train on the night of April 16, 2007, after the group of teens threw rocks at the train as it slowed near the I Street Bridge.

The engineer admitted he threw the first punch, but said the group attack that followed left him begging for his life.

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