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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Man Convicted of Attacking Woman at Muni Stop Released From Jail

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

They should just put a Muni stop here
  • They should just put a Muni stop here

San Francisco jurors decided that 35-year-old Samuel Valentine deserved a more lenient sentence for attacking a young woman at a local bus stop two years ago.

The jury acquitted Valentine yesterday of felony assault charges, and instead convicted him of misdemeanor assault, a lesser charge that got him released from jail yesterday afternoon. The jury sentenced him to time in jail that he already served, according to the Public Defender's Office.

Valentine was arrested on Dec. 29, 2010, at a Muni stop on Ocean Avenue and Lee Street, after a 20-year-old woman, who was waiting for the 29-Sunset bus with her older brother and aunt, told police that Valentine spit on her for no reason. He then slammed her her head into the bus shelter, causing her to cut her scalp, which required two staples, she said.

During the trial, Valentine testified that the

woman's brother threw a punch at him after the two men began arguing at

the bus stop. Valentine, who had no prior criminal convictions, hit

back in self-defense, and accidentally knocked the young

woman's head into the Muni shelter, he told the jury.             

The victim, her brother, and her aunt also took the stand during the nearly two-day trial.


members believed the truth was somewhere in between Mr. Valentine's

version of events and prosecution's version," said Deputy Public Defender Cindy Elias.

"Unfortunately, police chose not to interview any of the independent

witnesses to the incident."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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