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Brothers sentenced in Grover Beach beating

Three brothers whom prosecutors tied to an Oceano gang have received multiyear sentences for their roles in a beating of a juvenile at Mentone Park in Grover Beach.

Twenty-year-old Jessie Garay and his 18-year-old brother, Robert Garay, were each sentenced to six years in state prison after reaching plea agreements with the District Attorney’s Office.

The third man, 22-year-old Richard Anthony Garay, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison after a plea agreement relating to charges he threatened the life of a county probation officer.

Jessie and Richard Garay were sentenced in May while Robert Garay received his sentence June 9.

The attorneys for the defendants would not comment on the case.

Jessie and Robert Garay were arrested for allegedly attacking a minor who was playing handball at the Grover Beach park on Jan. 3. The boy suffered head and mouth injuries. A Corona beer bottle was used in the attack, according to investigators.

The pair pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. The plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.

Richard Garay was accused of telling Robert that he knew where a county probation officer, who testified in the assault case, lived, and that he wanted to kill him.

Later, Richard Garay told investigators that he only said that to comfort his brother and was venting frustration, according to court documents.

“In a sense, we take the words of gang members more seriously than nongang members,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jerret Gran. “They tend to back up their threats.”

Richard Garay pleaded no contest to preventing an executive officer from performing a duty.

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