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Kenwood man takes plea deal in dog walker attack

A Kenwood man suspected of attacking a woman after their dogs got into a fight entered a plea bargain Wednesday that requires him to attend anger management courses and do community service.

Paul Mott, 53, initially faced more serious charges in the Sept. 22 attack on property for the Sonoma Developmental Center. The 60-year-old woman told police he wrapped a leash around her neck and grabbed her cellphone when she tried to take his picture. Police said he threw the cellphone into Suttonfield Lake.

Prosecutors agreed to reduce a felony grand theft charge to a misdemeanor. He pleaded no contest to theft and misdemeanor battery.

As a punishment, Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite said Mott would attend eight weeks of anger counseling and perform 200 hours of volunteer work. He was also ordered to stay away from the woman. Mott declined to comment as he left the courtroom. His lawyer said the settlement was fair and that Mott was sorry for what happened.


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