Judge sentences attacker in San Marcos gas station beating

Posted at 11:53 AM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 15:38:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A judge sentenced Friday the man who brutally attacked a San Marcos convenience store clerk to more than 40 years in prison.

Surveillance video showed Frederick Cato punching and kicking the clerk in the head at a Chevron store in 2016.

The clerk had apparently commented on Cato’s girlfriend’s appearance before the beating, according to Deputy San Diego County District Attorney Jared Coleman.

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Cato had prior convictions for robbery and domestic violence. 

The victim of the beating, who now requires a cane, appeared in court Friday.