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Guilty Verdict in Assault

Jury recommends nine-year sentence.

A Loudoun jury recommended a Sterling man spend nine years in prison for his involvement in an assault outside a Sterling restaurant in October 2006.

Inocente Dionicio-Gama, 27, was found guilty Friday on charges of malicious wounding and assault and battery. He was accused of assaulting a 24-year-old man outside of Zazaa Restaurant in Regal Plaza. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kraig Troxell said at the time of the incident that the man was hit a blunt object.

The victim, Dionicio-Gama, and another man were asked to leave the restaurant after they got into an argument inside the bar area, Troxell said. Dionicio-Gama struck the victim in the head with a tire iron and then struck the man with his car.

"He had lacerations on his face," Troxell said at the time of the incident.

The jury recommended Dionicio-Gama be sentenced to eight years for the malicious wounding charge and 12 months for the assault and battery charge.

He will be sentenced Nov. 13, at 9 a.m., in Circuit Court in Leesburg.