Golfer sentenced for assault with club

July 10, 2009 2:02:49 PM PDT
A golfer has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for bashing another player over the head with a 6-iron during a fight over slow play. The 34-year-old man, Nicholas Jay Shampine, had been convicted of assault in King County Superior Court.

At Thursday's sentencing, he said he was sorry, but also claimed he was defending his brother in the clash a year ago between two groups of golfers.

The victim, 45-year-old James Compton, says he still has memory loss and headaches.

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