Redwood City man pleas to threatening, attacking parents

Attacking your parents is a Costley mistake.

Frederick Roy Costley Jr., 41, agreed to a plea deal Wednesday packing two years in prison in connection to a violently childish tantrum on Feb. 16.

An intoxicated Costley became enraged when he showed up at his parents’ Redwood City home with a friend and his parents told his friend to leave. So he shoved and threatened his mother, who locked herself in a bathroom with a phone to call police, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He also held a knife to his 75-year-old father’s neck and threatened to slash his throat, cut off his ear and kill him, Wagstaffe said.

At one point during the tantrum, the father went to retrieve his handgun to scare, not fire at, his son. The gun accidentally went off, fracturing Costley’s pelvis, Wagstaffe said.

Even with the wound, Costley walked over to his father and punched him in the face, he added.

Costley remains in custody on $200,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.
maldax@sfexaminer.com

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