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Austin Ridge attacker gets 10 years in prison

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The man who brutally attacked Austin Ridge in April 2012, was sentenced on Nov. 14, to 10 years in prison.

Logan Dunning, 23, pleaded “no contest” in September to a charge of attempted murder. Dunning was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem. In a separate case, he was charged with six counts of arson in connection with a string of car fires in Santa Rosa. The assault with a deadly weapon charges and the mayhem charge were dropped as part of the plea bargain. Dunning also pleaded “no contest” to the arson charge.

Dunning received seven years for the attempted murder charge and three years for the arson.

At the time of the brutal assault, Dunning was on probation for convictions on obstruction, burglary, possessing a deadly weapon and battery.

The 28-year-old Ridge, who had become disabled in a car accident years ago, was found laying on the ground April 25, 2012, in Boyes Hot Springs with a broken jaw, a fractured nose, head injuries and stab wounds to his arm and torso. He’d been attacked while riding his tricycle home from a Sonoma Valley pub after midnight.

He was severely beaten, had stab wounds, and had to undergo emergency surgery to treat bleeding on his brain. He had no memory of the attack and his recovery was slowed when he contracted meningitis.

Dunning was connected to the assault when a knife with Ridge’s DNA was found in Dunning’s home during the investigation into area car burglaries and an arson.

The felon faced a potential sentence of 13 years if convicted as charged. He gets credit for the year-and-a-half he spent in county jail, so with good behavior, he could be out in seven years.