WESTMINSTER (CBSLA) — Johnny Santos Moreno, a 23-year-old Costa Mesa Man, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attacking a transgender woman last month with his skateboard.
Moreno pleaded guilty to felony counts of violation of civil rights with violent injury and dissuading a victim by force and a misdemeanor count of assault. He was sentenced to six months in jail.READ MORE: California Will Keep Mask Mandate In Place Until June 15
As part of the plea deal, a hate crime sentencing enhancement was dismissed and the assault count was downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor. Moreno was also placed on two years of formal probation.READ MORE: Family Of George Floyd Joins Family Of Anthony McClain, Of Pasadena, Who Was Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting
Moreno, who has been in custody since March 11, hurled an anti-gay slur at the victim before repeatedly hitting her with a skateboard, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
A witness driving by saw the attack and called police. The D.A.’s Office said Moreno used the skateboard in an effort to dissuade the driver from reporting the crime.MORE NEWS: Shootings With BB Or Pellet Gun Continue Across SoCal Freeways
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