The oldest son of Sarah Palin will spend a year in custody after a judge ruled Wednesday that allegations of hitting a woman on the head disqualified him from a therapeutic program for veterans tied to a separate assault case. Track Palin, 29, has been accused of three attacks on people close to him in the past few years, reports the AP, the most recent coming last week against a female acquaintance. Palin, an Army veteran who served a year in Iraq, entered a program intended to rehabilitate veterans after he was arrested in an assault on his father less than a year ago. Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace told Palin that he violated conditions of a plea deal in the earlier case and must report to a halfway house at month's end. The Department of Corrections will determine if he serves time at the halfway house or behind bars.
Anchorage DA Richard Allen, however, said jail time is unlikely. The judge could have chosen to let Palin remain in Alaska Veterans Court, which gives eligible former service members the option of enrolling in mental health treatment instead of a traditional sentence. Before Wallace issued his decision, Palin said he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the program in Anchorage. Palin attended the hearing with his father, Todd Palin, who also spoke briefly in court, saying he wished his son would be allowed to remain in veterans court. Asked if they wanted to comment before the hearing, Todd Palin declined. Track Palin said, "Pay me, I will." Track Palin was arrested Friday night after a female acquaintance said he told her that she could not leave his house in Wasilla, took away her phone, and then hit her in the head, according to court documents.
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