C’bad man takes plea in assault over Prop. 8.

CARSLBAD — A Carlsbad man accused of assaulting his elderly neighbors after the trio got into a physical altercation over Proposition 8 pleaded guilty Jan. 8 to a lesser charge.
The scuffle over the ballot measure, which banned same-sex marriage in California, occurred Nov. 3, 2008, when a 76-year-old man and his 77-year-old wife confronted Lawrence A. Pizzicara, 53, as he was placing “No on 8” signs in front of the couple’s pro-Proposition 8 signs on common land in between the their residences in the 6900 block of Sandcastle Drive.
Pizzicara, who was initially charged with battery and elderly abuse, pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced immediately for time already served — he spent 64 days in jail — to one year informal probation.
The couple, who were beaten and bruised, had their injuries treated at the scene by medics, police said.

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