After more than 3 months, two young California boys finally received justice.
In August of 2019, two young boys were assaulted by a grown man in Target.
The offender was 51-year-old Jeff Hardcastle. In CCTV footage shared by CBS Sacramento, Hardcastle can be seen hitting an 11-year-old boy from behind and punching a 5-year-old boy in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The attack was completely unprovoked. The two children were innocently playing video games in the store when they were attacked.
After Hardcastle attacked them, the youngest boy was carried off to safety.
Now, nearly 4 months after the traumatic attack, Hardcastle has been sentenced to almost 10 years in prison.
Now that he has been sentenced, police have released the footage of the violence.
Upon watching it, people are in shock at the senseless act of violence.
— Robyn RRT-NPS, RCP (@pawleyislgrl) December 13, 2019
More proof that #Americans are losing their freaking minds. A 51-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison for brutally assaulting two children in #Target store in #Lodi, #California. Jeff Hardcastle comes and hits an 11-year-old then sucker-punches a 5-year-old pic.twitter.com/HBFS3kHsRw
— The Daddy Phantom (@DaddyPhantom) December 13, 2019
Nothing needs to be said. https://t.co/NPv5YPw6rS
— Jeff Rose-Martland (@rosemartland) December 13, 2019
Oh my Gracious, I hadn't heard of this. I hope the little boy is ok.
The offender deserves every day he has been sentenced to serve.
— Mary I Fleshman (@mmfleshman) December 12, 2019
WTH is wrong with these people. Keep the SOB in jail.
— Cynthia Thornton (@Cynthia45269) December 14, 2019
He could have killed them!
— Annieone3 (@annieone3) December 13, 2019
Others do not think he would have even made it to sentencing had they been around.
Someone would've had to pull me off him!
Man punches children in brutal, unprovoked assault in Target: https://t.co/EYZeALTG6h
— Count James Dark Wolf D'Boosted🌟🌟🌟 (@JamieOrtegafree) December 13, 2019
I'd still be kicking his ass! And I can't think of many people that would even try to stop me
— CROWLEY (@_WesCrowley_) December 13, 2019
This man would no longer be in existence if those were my children.
— DeeannIsAwesome ⭐⭐⭐ (@DeeannIsAwesome) December 13, 2019
😡 This man would never walk again if I saw this happening. 😡
— Terry Cantrell (@CantrellTerry) December 13, 2019
According to The New York Post Hardcastle pleaded “no contest to assault and causing great bodily injury to a minor.” His plea deal also included a plea of “guilty” to a 2008 violent robbery.