A 19-year-old Southern California man has been sentenced for assaulting an elderly man in a road rage freeway attack earlier this year, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Gordon Cornelius Fritz, of Baldwin Village, pleaded no contest on Tuesday to one felony count of elder abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
On March 31, Fritz crashed his car into an 83-year-old man's car on the Century (105) Freeway. Yelling and honking followed the crash, prosecutors said.
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Once both cars pulled over, Fritz got out of his car and started punching the elderly man, who was still in his vehicle, an LA County District Attorney's Office spokesman said.
When the elderly man exited the freeway, Fritz followed him, officials said. It was not clear whether the victim got out of his car at any point during the confrontation.
After the victim stopped his car in a 7-Eleven parking lot, Fritz continued to punch him, but Inglewood police officers witnessed the attack and intervened.
Fritz was sentenced to one year in county jail, five years probation, and a year of anger management classes, according to the DA's office.