2 get prison time for beating Vegas school crossing guard

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Posted: Apr 29, 2015 4:21 PM
2 get prison time for beating Vegas school crossing guard

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man and his girlfriend have been sentenced to state prison for an attack on a Las Vegas school crossing guard who waved them to a stop in a car that witnesses said was speeding through a school zone.

Adam Patrick Kondrat was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years, and Sabrina Julia Torres received one to three years after each pleaded guilty to felony battery causing substantial bodily harm in the Oct. 13 attack on Dano McKay, 65.

McKay told Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani that he was hospitalized several times and has lingering neck and arm injuries resulting from the attack.

Kondrat pleaded guilty March 10 before trial to two felonies and one misdemeanor battery charge.

His lawyer, Martin Hart, said Wednesday that Kondrat was very drunk after celebrating his 21st birthday and doesn't remember actions that Hart characterized as foolish and outside his client's normal character.

"Mr. Kondrat has always expressed the greatest of remorse for his actions, apologizes to his victims and wants to move on with his life when this is over," Hart said.

Torres, 23, pleaded guilty March 10 to one felony battery charge. Her attorney, Carmine James Colucci, didn't immediately respond to messages.

The attack was stopped by a retired Las Vegas police sergeant, Robert Gibbs, who suffered a facial injury that required several stitches.

A witness told police that McKay waved his handheld red stop sign as Kondrat approached, driving erratically in an Audi sedan toward a crosswalk.

She told police that Kondrat emerged from the vehicle shouting, punching and kicking the crossing guard.

Prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci said Kondrat challenged McKay, asked how old he was and whether he was ready to get beat up. He turned away, then wheeled around and attacked with what Pesci characterized as a "sucker punch."

Gibbs was off-duty from his railroad police officer job when he came upon the fight near elementary and middle school campuses several miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.