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Man gets five years prison for beating bisexual friend
June 13, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Santos Marquez-Montiagudo

A man who severely beat a bisexual acquaintance with a bicycle U-lock was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for what was originally charged as a hate crime but later amended.

Santos Manuel Marquez-Montiagudo, 37, pleaded no contest to felony assault and inflicting great bodily injury in the July 20, 2013, attack which his defense attorney characterized as provoked more by inebriation and being pushed first than by the victim’s sexuality.

As part of the plea deal, he faced up to five years prison but defense attorney Laura Torres said he instead received a four-year prison term after Judge Jonathan Karesh stayed the sentence for the great bodily injury allegation.

Marquez-Montiagudo was arrested after he and another friend met up with the 55-year-old victim at a San Mateo taqueria where the victim shared his bisexuality. After the trio left the business to drink elsewhere, Marquez-Montiagudo told the victim not to walk by him because he didn’t want others to mistake him as gay.

When the man refused to leave, Marquez-Montiagudo grabbed the lock from his bike and began beating his head and body, according to the District Attorney’s Office. San Mateo police found the badly injured man near the 700 block of Santa Inez Avenue and Marquez-Montiagudo at home.

Prosecutors originally charged him with committing a hate crime in the attack that left the victim with a fractured skull, jaw, orbital bone and rib. However, a judge dropped the charge for lack of evidence at an earlier hearing.

Torres has said all participants were drunk and unclear about what exactly did happen.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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