One Sentenced in Lone Pine Assault Case

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.

inyo_county_jailThe 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.

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