From the Modesto Bee:
A 33-year-old Modesto man on Monday was sentenced to eight years and nine months in federal prison for assaulting a security guard at a Social Security Administration office in downtown Fresno.
Matthew Faron Blair on October 14, 2014, went to the Fresno office to try to collect his Supplemental Security Income benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento.
Federal prosecutors said Blair became agitated when he was told his social security benefits had stopped but could be renewed by completing additional paperwork.
A security guard was called to escort Blair out of the office. As he was ushered out, Blair assaulted the guard, according to the prosecutors.
The guard suffered injuries on his head and his mouth, which required medical treatment. Authorities have said Blair punched the guard in the mouth and on the top of his head. Blair ran away but was captured in Stockton 12 days later.I've got no problem with active jail time for this guy but eight years, nine months? That sounds grossly excessive to me. It wasn't an assault with a deadly weapon. Medical treatment was required but this article doesn't suggest that the injuries were serious. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have gotten anything like this sentence if the case had been handled in a California state court under California state law.