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Man sentenced for California attack on federal worker

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 19:07:22-04

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — A Southern California man who intentionally struck and badly injured a federal employee with his car has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

Geoffrey Rickner of Aliso Viejo was sentenced Monday for assault on a federal employee.

Prosecutors say Rickner had a years-long dispute with the Internal Revenue Service and had refused to pay taxes when he plowed his Mercedes-Benz into a crosswalk in front of the federal building in Laguna Niguel 3 ½ years ago.

Authorities say he deliberately hit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee who was crossing the street, then smashed through a garage door and hit a concrete wall in the building.

Jose Gutierrez had head injuries, broken ribs, internal bleeding and badly damaged legs. Authorities say he still has pain and physical problems.