By Kent Erdahl
MARCH 31, 2016
“Xakon once fought for his country and now there are many days I see him fighting for his life,” said Paul Solari, a friend of Xakon’s who spoke during the sentencing.BOULDER, Colo. -- He was singled out and brutally beaten for no other reason than his disability. Now, a Vietnam veteran from Boulder has the justice he has been waiting for.
Though Xakon Con Passion had hoped his case would send a message by leading to the state’s first disability-motivated hate crime conviction, prosecutors said a plea agreement ensures his attacker will spend more time behind bars.
On Thursday, with the hate crime charge no longer on the table, Xakon argued for the stiffest sentence possible: 10 years in prison for 62-year-old Jerry Dawson, who attacked him, unprovoked, in July.
“I have very little left, physically, of the man I worked so hard to be,” Xakon told the judge.
The disabled Vietnam veteran, who uses an electric wheelchair after suffering nerve damage from his service in Vietnam, was outside a Boulder bank when Dawson began punching him in the head and fractured his skull.
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