'Tiny' Toese gets probation for Portland assault, D.A. says
A right-hand man on the conservative side of Portland's street protest scene is no longer allowed to participate in any mass demonstration following a guilty plea for one charge of fourth-degree assault, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of third-degree assault in exchange for the plea deal with Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, 23, whose participation in numerous street brawls has been well documented.
But the case tried in Multnomah County court pertained to an assault that occurred on June 8, 2018, when Tusitala and his associate, Donovon Flippo, scuffled with Timothy Ledwith near Northeast 12th Avenue and Broadway in Portland.
The scuffle began after Ledwith recognized the duo as they drove past and yelled at them. Flippo and Toese then pulled over, and the subsequent shouting match quickly escalated.
Flippo pleaded guilty on July 19 of last year and was sentenced to eight days in jail.
Ledwith — who required several stitches to his lip and was treated for a concussion after being punched in the face — had requested that Toese serve no jail time, according to a victim impact statement.
"If the experience changed him," Ledwith told KOIN 6 News, "then it was worth it."
Toese will also be required to follow conditions for the next two years of probation, perform 80 hours of community service, have no contact with Ledwith and pay $1,821.60 in restitution to the victim.
"As part of his probation, Mr. Toese must obey all laws," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez. "Failing to do so could result in additional sanction."
Toese, who hails from American Samoa, said he will end his relationship with Patriot Prayer and its leader, Joey Gibson.
"My political time and protest time is over. I'm laying it to rest," Toese told KOIN. "I am going to focus on what's more important in life, my family and God."
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