A slap on the wrist.
A Winter Haven man was sentenced Friday to 364 days in the Polk County Jail for beating up a 90-year-old World War II veteran in the parking lot of a Winter Haven shopping center last year.
Gregory Leonard Krizsan, 25, apologized for his actions before Circuit Judge Keith Spoto imposed sentence.
“I do apologize that he was involved in any situation,” he said.
The incident began when Bill Frasier, of Winter Haven, was backing out of his parking space at Northgate Shopping Center at 1395 Sixth St. N.W. and struck the car in which Krizsan was riding, according to Winter Haven Police reports. Krizsan left the car and began shouting at Frasier, who got out of his car to inspect the damage.
Krizsan continued to shout obscenities when a witness, Hiram Davis, stepped in and attempted to escort Frasier away from the area, according to police reports. As they walked away, Krizsan ran up behind them and slapped Frasier, an Air Force veteran, in the back of the head. The elderly man fell to the ground, hitting his face and hands, causing him to lose consciousness.
Krizsan and another man got back in their car and left at a high rate of speed, Winter Haven Police reported.
Detectives located Krizsan later that day through a tag number on the car in which he was riding.
Frasier died at his home in July, two months shy of his 91st birthday, of circumstances unrelated to the attack.