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Irked at His Lawyer in $100 Ticket Case, Man Punches Her in Face, Gets 2-Year Prison Term

Posted Mar 25, 2011 7:51 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: Apparently irritated at a deputy public defender representing him on a marijuana citation that could, at most, have resulted in a $100 fine, a California man punched her in the face last year at the West Justice Center in Westminster, knocking her head against the wall and breaking her glasses.

Today, Gaylord Tootsie Daney, 46, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to charges that resulted from the March 24, 2010 incident—felony assault on a government official, aggravated assault and battery with serious bodily injury, with sentencing enhancements for personally inflicting great bodily injury—and was sentenced to a two-year prison term, reports the Orange County Register.

Daney also got a new lawyer in the marijuana citation and private counsel for his felony case, when the public defender's office apparently was conflicted out of further work on his behalf. He was represented today by a court-appointed private practitioner, David Scarsone.

Edited on March 28 to correct the town name to Westminster.

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