Man who beat Muni driver sentenced to 27 months in prison

A man who beat a Muni bus driver to the point of unconsciousness last November was sentenced in federal court to 27 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced Thursday.

Hakkem A.Perry, 23, pled guilty in January to assaulting the driver, Ely Advincula, on Nov. 7 while on the 29-Sunset bus near the Presidio.

The San Francisco resident beat the Muni bus driver near a stop at Lincoln Boulevard and Bowley Street in an attack so severe that it left the driver with a broken facial bone, lacerations, bruising and extreme physical pain, according to federal law officials.

The bus driver did not know Perry and no provocation existed for the attack, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a press statement.

Perry was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 20, 2007 because the Presidio is an area in San Francisco of exclusive federal jurisdiction.

In addition to 27 months in prison, U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breye sentenced Perry to a three-year period of supervised released that may include inpatient treatment in a mental health facility.  Perry has been in custody since the assault.

— Staff report

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