MAGA hat in Russian

A hat that says "Make America Great Again" in Russian (Image from Etsy)

A San Fernando Valley man who attacked a patron wearing a red hat bearing “Make America Great Again” in Russian was sentenced Monday, Jan. 4, to four years in prison.

David Delgado, 33, of Winnetka pleaded no contest in March to a felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury for pummeling the hat-wearer in a Hermosa Beach restaurant bathroom after learning the meaning of the Russian phrase.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Sokolov handed down the sentence. A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner had previously ordered Delgado to attend anger-management counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous sessions weekly up until his sentencing.

On Sept. 2, 2019, during the Labor Day weekend, Delgado approached the victim in a bar restroom. He asked the meaning of the Russian writing on the hat and then punched the victim repeatedly in the face, causing him to fall to the ground, Hermosa Beach police Sgt. Robert Higgins said.

“The suspect continued to punch the victim, and then stole the victim’s hat and fled,” Higgins said.

Prosecutors said the victim suffered serious injuries. Delgado was arrested roughly a month later at his home.

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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