One of several men involved in the baseball-bat beating of a good Samaritan at a downtown St. Paul gas station was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison — twice the standard sentence for his offense.
Ramsey County District Judge William Leary called Abdiaziz Hirsi's behavior "horrific and truly reprehensible," while his attorney said Hirsi hit victim Edwin Daniel once and immediately took responsibility for the crime by pleading guilty the first moment he could.
Hirsi, 22, was one of four men charged in Daniel's beating. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
Daniel regularly visited the SuperAmerica gas station at 296 E. Seventh St. to fuel his vehicle, an airport shuttle for a downtown hotel.
A few days before the May 25 assault, Daniel defended a female clerk who was being harassed by the same group of men.
Prosecutor David Miller sa
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