Severe 2015 Stateline beating results in prison |

Severe 2015 Stateline beating results in prison

Kurt Hildebrand
Avri Newkirk

STATELINE, Nev. — A California man was ordered into prison on Monday after he admitted to his part in a 2015 Stateline beating that lacerated a man’s brain.

Avri Jordan Newkirk, 28, was sentenced to 19-48 months in prison and ordered to pay $29,419 in restitution in the case.

Newkirk said that since 2015 he’s had three children and has been working steadily.

“I’m not proud this incident happened,” he said. “I would like the opportunity to make this right and to show I’m not a menace to society.”

Newkirk admitted to battery causing substantial bodily harm. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors were not seeking prison time.

Attorney Matthew Ence said that Newkirk hasn’t had any criminal history since the incident occurred.

According to court documents, Newkirk participated in a Sept. 19, 2015, beating on the victim. He and another man came across Highway 50 to attack the victim after being yelled at for picking on people.

The victim was holding his own until a woman jumped on him from behind, knocking him down.

The man suffered from an intracranial hemorrhage. In a victim statement, he said he suffered a concussion and had trouble concentrating, depression and other disorders as a result of the attack.

“I experience issues with trust of strangers and this has had a negative social effect on me,” he said in the statement read aloud by District Judge Tom Gregory.

Gregory said that being five years old didn’t make the case any less egregious.

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