Six defendants involved in the severe beating of a Lone Pine resident were scheduled to be sentenced Friday. The sentence date for five of the six has been continued, but one 19-year-old Bishop resident was sentenced to county jail for his role in the assault.
The September assault was described as vicious by Sheriff officers, who explained that five young men beat 29-year-old Ryan Armstrong for no apparent reason. 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 to felony assault likely to cause great bodily injury. 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. These five are facing prison time, according to Inyo District Attorney Art Mailett.
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. Maillet reports that Croasdale was sentenced Friday to one year in the county jail.
The remaining five are now scheduled for sentencing February 5th.