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California Man Sentenced to Prison for 2013 Attack on Sikh American

September 23, 2015 | By

California, USA: Last week in Fresno, California, a man pleaded no contest to a hate crime and was sentenced to 13 years in prison for brutally beating an 82-year-old man outside a Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in 2013.

According to local media, then-29-year-old Gilbert Garcia, Jr. encountered then-82-year-old Sikh American Bapu Piara Singh as Singh was leaving the Gurdwara Sahib in southwestern Fresno where he volunteered daily.

Man sentenced to 13 years for attack on Sikh American

Man sentenced to 13 years for attack on Sikh American

Garcia reportedly beat Bapu Piara Singh with a steel pipe while shouting anti-Muslim slurs. Piara Singh was in a coma for two days and hospitalized for a week with head wounds, broken ribs, and lung lacerations.

In February, Garcia agreed to plead no contest to a felony charge of inflicting injury on an elderly person and admitted to causing great bodily injury with a weapon. He also admitted it was a hate crime.


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