Brutal beating puts man in prison |

Brutal beating puts man in prison

Christina Proctor

A man convicted of kicking his neighbor in the head so many times that one of the man’s ears was partially ripped off was sentenced Wednesday to three years in a California state prison.

Lawrence Root, 44, pleaded no contest Feb. 5 to assault with a deadly weapon, and admitted he caused great bodily injury to Jorge Candelario during the Nov. 14 attack.

Candelario, 45, wasn’t present at the sentencing. He reportedly returned to Mexico to be with an ill family member after the preliminary hearing in December. Root originally was charged with three felonies, but prosecutors offered him a chance to plea to just one when they could not contact Candelario, and it appeared he would not return to the United States for the trial.

Bloody boots and Candelario’s accusation were some of the key evidence linking Root to the beating.

Candelario reportedly told investigators that Root, his neighbor, had battered him, and that the man had started hitting him with his fists and progressed to kicking him.

Investigators said boots seized from Root’s apartment, on the 3700 block of Pioneer Trail, had a moderate amount of blood covering the top, sides, and bottom of the boots, and they found what appeared to be human tissue in part of the sole.

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