Teen sentenced in attack on Orting business owner

Staff writerDecember 12, 2013 

One of two minors accused of attacking an Orting bicycle shop owner has been sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in juvenile detention.

The 17-year-old male pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Nov. 27 and was sentenced last week.

Another suspect, a 15-year-old male, has been charged in connection with the incident but has yet to enter a plea. Deputy Pierce County prosecuting attorney Kevin Benton said his next court appearance is Jan. 6. 

The News Tribune does not name juvenile crime suspects unless they are charged as adults.

The two teens were charged following an Oct. 24 incident in which Trailside Cyclery owner Brian Backus suffered injuries in a confrontation at River Avenue and Bridge Street in Orting. 

Charging papers state Backus was attacked after confronting the suspects for allegedly damaging his personal bike outside his business.  

Backus had to undergo surgery on a broken leg and closed his shop. 

Backus said Thursday that Trailside Cyclery remains closed, but may reopen in the next couple months. 

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