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QUESTION: What happened to the boy who was stabbed at Luther Burbank High School a couple of years ago?
Submitted by: Jessica, Sacramento
ANSWER: In May 2005, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest in what police at the time described as a fight between associates of two rival street gangs on the steps of Luther Burbank High School.
The teenager, who was not identified in stories in The Bee, survived. Four people were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
According an account in The Bee, the 15-year-old sophomore had just arrived on campus about 7:40 a.m. and was hanging out with two friends when they were confronted by four young men who shouted gang-specific insults. Before long, two of the teens were fighting, including the victim. Police said the victim apparently was "getting the best of the two" when someone brought out a knife and stabbed him.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Augustine Sanchez, Greg Gutierrez, Miguel Valenzuela and Jessie Grozav pleaded no-contest to assault with a deadly weapon. Grozav, now 24, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and is at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City. The other three men, who were 18 at the time of assault, were sentenced to a year in jail and four years probation.
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