Track Palin Is Checking Into a Halfway House

Otherwise, he'd be serving time for 2017 assault on his dad
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2018 7:12 PM CST
Track Palin, left, talks with his lawyer Patrick Bergt before a hearing in Anchorage, Alaska.   (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro, File)

(Newser) – The elder son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin turned himself in to an Anchorage halfway house Wednesday to begin a year in custody, per the AP, following his conviction for assaulting his father, an official said. Track Palin was initially scheduled to enter the halfway house Oct. 31 after a judge decided new assault allegations disqualified him from a court program aimed at rehabilitating veterans and said he would have to serve time instead. But the 29-year-old Army veteran won a delay after his lawyer said a bed at an Anchorage treatment hospital for veterans became available. He checked into the halfway house Wednesday morning, said Trey Watson of Geo Reentry of Alaska Inc., which operates the halfway house.

Palin in December 2017 was accused of breaking into his parents' home and leaving his father, Todd, bleeding from cuts on his head, authorities have said. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal trespass in that case, after he was initially charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and criminal mischief. Palin, who served a year in Iraq, has been accused of two other attacks on people close to him in recent years. In September, Palin was arrested after a female acquaintance said he told her that she could not leave his house in Wasilla, took her phone and then hit her in the head, according to court documents. Palin faces misdemeanor charges including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in that case. Palin also was accused of punching his then-girlfriend in 2016

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