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Slick 50s Attack Gets Man 5 Years

July 13, 2002

A Slick 50s gang member whose attempted-murder conviction was overturned on appeal was sentenced Friday to five years in prison as part of a deal that avoided another trial.

Joshua Carlsen, 25, pleaded guilty in May to the 1998 beating and stabbing of an Aliso Viejo teen at a party. Defense attorney Allan Stokke said Carlsen would serve less than a year in prison with credit for time served.

In 2000, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced Carlsen to 11 years in prison. But a state appeals court overturned the conviction last year.

Carlsen was among five defendants convicted in an attack that seriously injured a 17-year-old boy, who was hit with a bottle and stabbed.

Prosecutors said the Slick 50s was a group of young men who dressed in vintage 1950s clothing and prowled south Orange County looking for trouble.

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