Crime

Man sentenced for attack that broke stranger’s eye sockets outside Tacoma home

A man has been sentenced for an attack that broke a stranger’s eye sockets and nose outside the victim’s Tacoma home.

Jestino Matias Ayson, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of second-degree assault and residential burglary as part of plea negotiations.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener sentenced Ayson to a year and three months in prison, which was the middle of the sentencing range.

According to charging papers:

The victim thought a group of men that sometimes loitered outside his home might be involved with drugs, and when he came home Dec. 4 and saw them he went to get his gun in frustration.

Ayson and another man followed him, and when the victim grabbed a walking stick he kept by his door, the followers punched him. Ayson also stomped on the victim’s face.

Defense attorney Dino Sepe said Ayson apologized to the victim in court, and that the victim forgave him.

“He basically told my client: ‘I hope whatever time that you serve, you make the best of it, and you look at it to improve your life,’” the attorney said.

The other man who allegedly attacked the victim was not charged, after the victim was not able to identify him.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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