Man who punched Huntington Beach liquor store clerk, 71, sentenced to 2 years in state prison

A man who repeatedly punched a 71-year-old clerk at the Huntington Beach liquor store last month has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Ralph Stanford Davis III, 51, admitted on Tuesday that he was guilty of two felonies of inflicting injury on an elderly person and civil rights violation causing violent injury. He also admitted to being charged with committing a hate crime, according to court records, as well as a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully tampering with a vehicle.

Prosecutors initially sought a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison, but Orange County Dist. Atti. Kimberly Edds, public information officer, said Davis accepted a two-year court offer.

Orange County prosecutors said that on Dec. 12, the Garden Grove resident made derogatory statements about the employee’s nationality before punching him in the face as the employee attempted to close the security gate of the store.

After leaving the liquor store, Davis spat and hit another customer’s vehicle outside the store, prosecutors say.

Davis’ attorney, Michael Marley, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A hearing for the return of firearms is scheduled for February 8.

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