Saturday, March 14, 2015

5-year sentence for Sikh Temple assault

A man convicted of assault during a riot at the Sikh Temple in 2012 was sentenced Friday to five years in prison and ordered to pay $48,900 in restitution.
A Sutter County jury in November convicted Mangal Singh Sanghera of assault with a deadly weapon for stabbing Balbar Bains.
Most of the onlookers at the sentencing were supporters of Sanghera. Some of them wrote letters to Judge Brian Aronson, questioning the jury's decision. Every seat in Aronson's courtroom was filled.
Attorneys debated the seriousness of Bains' injuries and discussed the impact of Sanghera's prison sentence on his family. His wife does not work, drive or speak English.

Defense attorney Sara Rief said Sanghera exited the gurdwara to find a brawl. She said Bains' injury was a half-centimeter puncture wound, not a stab wound.

with thanks : appeal-democrat : LINK : for detailed news.

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