The defendant who admitted punching former Shasta College football player Tyler Burton, has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Andres Rodriguez, 21, was sentenced Monday in Butte County Court. The judge also ordered Rodriguez to pay Burton $1.7 million in restitution. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said under California law, Rodriguez will actually serve 2 years of the 4 year sentenced because there was not a weapon involved.
After credit for time served while awaiting trial, Rodriguez will be released in October 2014. In July Rodriguez had pleaded no contest to battery.
Rodriguez was accused of sucker-punching Burton in October 2012 in the South Campus area of Chico. Burton suffered skull fractures and brain damage and was in a coma for five weeks.
Burton recently turned 22 years old and is currently undergoing rehabilitation in the Bakersfield area.
The defense says Rodriguez wanted to take full responsibility for Burton's injuries.