Aaron Youngblood Reaches Plea Deal

Youngblood Talks About Arrest, Plea Deal From Jail

Aaron Youngblood, the son of Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, has been sitting in Lerdo Jail since his arrest on Easter Sunday.

"I'm just a regular guy," said Youngblood. "I just got caught on a bad day. Everybody has a bad day."

Youngblood said he was caught sleeping in his truck, in which he was living out of at the time. According to court documents, officers found stolen items and drugs inside the truck. Youngblood told 23 ABC he didn't know some of the items were there.

"I had a lot of people in and out of my home. In that period there were many shades of gray," said Youngblood. "And as far as the characters I was involved with in my circle fell into that category."

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  • The estranged wife of Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Aaron's mother became the victim of her son's recent troubles. 23 ABC reported last month she was mauled by a police dog when officer searched her home.

    "I apologized for what happened to her; I don't' take responsibility for that. I don't think it's right but I'm sure that will be taken care of," said Youngblood.

    Over the years, Youngblood has had run-ins with the law. In 2007 he was acquitted on drug charges. Some have speculated he got off easy because of his father, but Youngblood said he went through the system like anyone else would have.

    "Twelve people of my peers found me not guilty. They were presented with the evidence," said Youngblood.

    On Monday 14 out of 15 drug and weapon charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Because of a conflict of interest, Tulare County is prosecuting the case.

    Youngblood faces up to a year in jail. He will be sentenced on May 29.

    The community has heard little from Sheriff Youngblood regarding his son's arrests.

    Youngblood said during a recent conversation with his father he told him, "Good luck."

    23 ABC asked Youngblood if he would say he had a good father-son relationship.

    "He loves me. He doesn't like me but he loves me," said Youngblood.

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