Five of the six defendants involved in the severe beating of a Lone Pine resident have been sentenced to prison time.
In what was described as a vicious attack, five young men were accused of beating 29-year-old Ryan Armstrong for no apparent reason in September of 2009. Armstrong suffered a broken jaw, fractured vertebrae, six fractured ribs, a fractured eye socket, and multiple contusions.
In October, five of the six entered guilty pleas. The five defendants are 20-year-old David Allen Smith of Lone Pine, 19-year-old Tyler Allen Mccullah of Bishop, 18-year-old Anthony James Jorgenson of Bishop, 18-year-old Cameron Andrew Grayson of Bishop and 23-year-old Jose Garcia of Lone Pine.
Inyo District Attorney Art Mailett reports that these five defendants were sentenced to five years in state prison for battery with great bodily injury. All five have received one strike under Californias three strikes law.
The sixth defendant, 19-year-old Wayne Russell Croasdale of Bishop, had been charged with battery with serious bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon. In January, Croasdale was sentenced to one year in county jail.