Sarah Palin's son accepts plea deal after charges of punching his girlfriend in the face dropped
Track Palin (Slate)

The son of former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has worked out a plea deal in a veterans courts that will keep him out of jail after being charged with domestic assault and use of a weapon while drunk, reports Alaska Dispatch News.


Track Palin, 27, was arrested back on Jan. 18 at the Palin compound after a woman said he had punched and kicked her during an argument over an ex-boyfriend. According to the woman, Palin punched her in the face, then threw her phone away before pulling a gun and threatening to commit  suicide.

When police arrived, Palin had marks on his face and claimed the woman hit him with her elbow. According to police, Palin was given a breathalyzer test that measured his blood alcohol level at .189.

As a veteran who served in Afghanistan, Palin was allowed to take his case to the Anchorage Veterans Court.

According to court records, prosecutors dropped two of three misdemeanor charges filed against Palin, including domestic-violence assault and interfering with the reporting of a domestic-violence crime.

"As a condition of his entry into that court the state dismissed the first two counts," Palin's attorney, Kevin Fitzgerald, said. "Track pled to misconduct involving weapons (in the fourth degree), concerning being under the influence and having a firearm."

As part of his plea agreement, Palin must enter an "alcohol-related" treatment program with the weapons charge expunged from his record should he successfully complete it. Failure to complete the program will result in  a 180-day suspended jail sentence and two years of informal probation.

Track Palin -- along with his sisters and father -- was also at the center of another drunken brawl on Labor Day 2014 when they crashed a birthday party at a neighbor's house and police had to be called.