Track Palin, the oldest son of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, has been allowed to seek treatment at a veteran’s hospital before serving a year in custody for assault.
After Palin was arrested on assault charges in September, a judge ruled that the arrest violated a plea deal from a previous assault and disqualified him from a court therapeutic program.
Palin was scheduled to start serving a year in custody by reporting to a halfway house on Wednesday.
Postponement of sentence
However, District Judge David Wallace approved a request from Palin’s attorney to postpone custody until December 5.
Space had become available at the Chris Kyle Patriot’s Hospital, and a short-term treatment would “benefit Mr. Palin significantly,” his attorney wrote.
The Anchorage hospital offers an “intensive, holistic treatment program dedicated to first responders, military service members and veterans” who suffer from PTSD or addictions, according to its website.
The troubled 29-year-old has been accused of three domestic assaults in as many years.
In September, Palin was arrested after allegedly assaulting a female acquaintance. Investigators said Palin took away the woman’s phone when she tried to call authorities, and later resisted arrest.
At the end of last year, Palin was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with his father, Todd Palin, at his parents’ home. Reportedly, the younger Palin broke a window and assaulted his father. Sarah Palin called police, telling them her son was “freaking out and was on some type of medication.”
He pleaded guilty to a trespass charge in June as part of a plea deal, avoiding spending a year in jail in exchange for participating in an intensive nine-month therapy program. However, the judge ruled that his September arrest violated that plea deal.
In 2016, Track Palin took a plea deal after being accused of punching his then-girlfriend and possessing a firearm while intoxicated.
Sarah Palin previously suggested that her son may be affected by PTSD from his military service. Track Palin was deployed for a year in Iraq.
In 2016, at a campaign event for then-candidate Donald Trump, Palin said, “I can talk personally about this, I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room.”
“My son like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” she continued.
“I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” she said.
But for the most part, the Palins have kept quiet on the matter, requesting privacy “just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request.”