A Salinas man was sentenced to nine years in state prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to allegations of hitting a sheriff’s deputy with a pickup truck at Nacimiento Lake in May 2010, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Michael Garrett Youngblood, 27, entered his plea in Judge John Trice’s court last month to aggravated assault on a police officer as well as an enhanced penalty for inflicting great bodily injury. His past prior record of two felonies also was taken into consideration in his sentence.
Youngblood allegedly hit Deputy Nate Paul on May 28, 2010, as Paul and other deputies were responding to a reported altercation.
Paul fired a shot at Youngblood during the incident, but nobody was hit. The deputy suffered a compound leg fracture that required surgery.
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Youngblood also is required to pay $7,000 in restitution as part of his conviction.
Lee Cunningham handled the case for the prosecution, and Ilan Funke-Bilu represented Youngblood.