Neli Latson-- Arrested for Being Black and Autistic-- to Serve Two Years Rather Than Ten


The ten year sentence given to Neli Latson for assaulting a police officer who assaulted him first has been reduced to two years.  The year he has already spent in prison will count toward his sentence:

Prosecutor Jim Peterson yesterday urged Sharp to uphold the jury verdict.

“This is a case, not a cause,” Peterson said. “This is not about autism. This is about a violent man.”

But defense witnesses, who included doctors, a social worker and Latson’s former wrestling coach, said both Latson and society would benefit more from intense treatment rather than prolonged incarceration.