If you’re wondering what a fight between an Ex-Marine and a Police officer looks like you’ll realize that it's not a good idea to mess with an Ex-Marine.
A police officer was punched by a former Marine in an incident that broke multiple bones in his face and left him with other lingering injuries. The Ex-Marine was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in state prison for punching a police officer in Pacific Beach.
The victim, who is a San Diego police Officer David West, was checking into a call of a woman being attacked. The Ex-Marine has been identified as Kevin Ryan Freeman, 24, who previously pleaded guilty to assaulting West and attacking the woman and her roommate on Nov. 19, 2016.
Because of Mr. Freeman, my brain is now damaged, West told Judge Polly Shamoon. ``I've lost everything because of this man.''
According to West, he hurt his back, his left orbital bone was broken and his jaw damaged as a result of the punch by Freeman. The officer told the judge he also suffers from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and has to ring in the ears and memory loss.
The officer claims that he has not been able to return to his domestic violence unit since being injured and remains on light duty. "No one wants to give me a chance," the officer said.
However, the officer claims that he has forgiven Freeman for what he did, but asked the judge to sentence the defendant to the maximum nine years in prison.
In response, Freeman apologized to West and thanked him for stopping his path down the wrong road. "There are no excuses for what I did, the defendant said. "Thank you for not shooting me." According to the judge, Freeman had shown a lack of control when he drank alcohol that night. "You had to know you can't drink, Shamoon told the defendant. "You have to live with the guilt for what you did."
According to Deputy District Attorney Michael Reilly, Freeman went to the home of a woman he met at a bar and began choking her during a disagreement over a cell phone. The victim's roommate also was assaulted when she came to the victim's defense