Daly City 'drunk' sentenced to probation for hassling karate kid 

The “neighborhood drunk” that got a beating while trying to accost a 12-year-old karate kid in Daly City was sentenced to two years probation Monday.

John Herman Dinetti, 27, of Daly City, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges in connection with the July 5 incident. He was also sentenced to 20 days in county jail, but was released after receiving credit for time already served.

Dinetti, described by prosecutors as a village drunk with “regular alcohol blackouts,” confronted the boy as he was walking home from a martial arts studio.

He grabbed the boy by the wrist and stated “come with me,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The boy tried to pull his wrist away, but when that didn’t work he punched Dinetti in the face with his free hand, Wagstaffe said. The boy then ran home to his mother, who called police, he said.

Dinetti was found not long after the attack at a nearby motel. He was “heavily intoxicated and had rambling, incoherent speech,” Wagstaffe said.

On Monday, Dinetti was ordered to stay away from all bars and liquor stores and to have no contact with the victim.


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