The second of two teenage suspects in the beating and robbery of former produce market owner Yong Yang is due in a West Chester Courtroom this morning to learn his fate.
The teen who was 17 at the time of the attack in January is expected to plead guilty and accept responsibility for his actions, according to the prosecutor in the case. Chester County Assistant District Attorney Carlos Barraza tells Patch the suspect has agreed to plead guilty to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges.
Patch is withholding the name of the younger suspect in the case pending the outcome of the case. He was 17 at the time of the attack and his arrest. He is being tried as an adult and is presumed innocent under the law unless found otherwise by a court.
According to the prosecutor he faces six-fourteen months on each count. He has been in jail in Chester County since he and 18-year-old Octavio Sandoval of Berwyn were arrested in January. As part of his agreement to an "open" guilty plea the suspect has asked that a judge determine his sentence rather than agreeing to a prison term offered by the district attorney.
While the proseuctor did not reveal any details in the plea negotiations, it is possible that the suspect may argue in court that because of his age and role in the crime he should be given a lighter sentence than perhaps what was being offered by the district atorney.
The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Common Pleas Court in West Chester. Mr. Yang's daughter Chae told Patch last week that she is not sure if her father will attend the hearing.
This is expected to be the final court hearing in the case. Octavio Sandoval plead guilty to robbery and conspiracy in the case on August 6. He remains in Chester County prison awaiting sentencing, which could be as soon as mid-October.