A San Fernando Valley man who attacked a patron wearing a red hat bearing the slogan "Make America Great Again'' written in Russian was ordered Monday to attend weekly anger management and AA sessions through at least the end of the year.
David Delgado, 33, of Winnetka, pleaded no contest in March to an assault charge for pummeling a man in a Hermosa Beach restaurant bathroom after learning the meaning of the Russian phrase.
Delgado had been set to be sentenced Monday, but Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Brad Miles Fox postponed the hearing until Jan. 4, despite an objection by the prosecution, according to the District Attorney's Office.
In the meantime, Fox ordered Delgado to attend anger management counseling and AA sessions weekly between now and the sentencing hearing.
The defendant could face up to four years in prison on the felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Delgado approached the victim in a bar restroom on Sept. 2, the 2019 Labor Day holiday, asked the meaning of the Russian writing on the hat, then punched the victim repeatedly in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, according to Hermosa Beach Police Department Sgt. Robert Higgins.
"The suspect continued to punch the victim and then stole the victim's hat and fled,'' according to Higgins.
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Prosecutors said the man, whose name was withheld, suffered serious injuries.
Delgado was arrested roughly a month later at his home.