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Teen-ager Acquitted Of Trying To Kill Abusive Father

October 11, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A teen-ager accused of hiring a man to kill his father has been acquitted after a six-week trial in which witnesses detailed a litany of child abuse including beatings and sexual attacks.

Sociz Junatanov, 19, was found innocent of attempted murder Friday but the jury convicted Richard Gregg of attempted manslaughter.

Junatanov and his brother Asror, 22, were accused of soliciting Gregg to kill their father, Albert Junatanov. Asror pleaded guilty earlier this year and was placed on probation.

Sociz Junatanov testified that his father repeatedly beat, raped, humiliated and threatened him. He said the beatings intensified after his mother fled to Israel.

Gregg attacked the elder Junatanov with a knife, but the restaurateur was only wounded, according to testimony.

While he was hospitalized, Gregg’s 18-year-old girlfriend, dressed as a nurse, injected him with battery acid, but Junatanov survived. She pleaded guilty and is serving a five-year term at a youth authority center.

Gregg, 24, faces a maximum sentence of 6 1/2 years in prison.

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