San Francisco man sentenced to two years in attack on federal courthouse guard

A San Francisco man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for assaulting a security guard at the federal courthouse in Oakland in December 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Antonio Chavez, 21, was with a group of six or seven others about 3 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2012, that was reportedly vandalizing a guard house next to the federal building in Oakland on the corner of 12th and Jefferson streets, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. When a security guard went to investigate the situation, the group dispersed except for two. One of which was Chavez.

As the guard was investigating the area, one of the two individuals attempted to grab the guard's flashlight and a struggle ensued. Chavez reportedly attacked the guard with an electric stun gun in the neck and chest and knocked the guard to the ground.

Chavez was apprehended later by Oakland police.

Chavez testified during his trial that he was acting in defense of another person, but the jury rejected that claim by providing a guilty verdict. He was found guilty of the crime in November 2013 after a four-day trial, Haag said.

“The U.S. Attorney's Office takes the safety of the personnel who protect federal employees and federal property very seriously,” Haag said. “Our prosecution of this case, and the resulting sentence, demonstrate our commitment to holding accountable those who endanger the people who keep us safe.”

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