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Father accused of throwing son overboard loses round in court

An Irvine man accused of throwing his son overboard during a Newport Harbor cruise has been denied access to a court program responsible for combat veterans.

Sloan Steven Briles, 35, appeared in Orange County Combat Veterans Court on Tuesday, where a judge told him that he would be tried in a civilian criminal court for the Aug. 28 incident, Orange County Superior Court spokeswoman Carole Levitzky said.

The court is geared toward combat veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, drug addiction or other long-term issues.

Briles' arraignment is set for Jan. 9 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, Levitzky said.

Briles is charged with felony child endangerment and misdemeanor resisting police after allegedly throwing his crying 7-year-old son off the boat, according to Daily Pilot archives.

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--Sarah Peters, Times Community News

 
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