A Marinwood man pleaded guilty Monday in a Sausalito bar fight that damaged the peripheral vision of a 66-year-old man.
Kyle Philip Algeo, 25, accepted a plea deal after a preliminary examination of the evidence before Judge Kelly Simmons, who ordered him to stand trial on a battery charge but concluded there was insufficient evidence to try him for assault and mayhem.
Under the judge's plea offer, Algeo admitted to the battery charge but could ask the court to reduce it to a misdemeanor later. He also avoided an immediate state prison sentence, although he could face up to a year in jail and a potential four-year prison term if he fails on probation.
"What happened was a bar fight among a bunch of guys who were drinking," said Algeo's defense attorney, Tony Brass.
Prosecutor Andrea Buccine objected to the plea offer from the judge.
Algeo remains in jail pending his sentencing. A second defendant, Scott Newcomb of Oakland, is free on bail and awaiting a preliminary hearing.
The fight occurred at about 2 a.m. July 2 at Smitty's Bar on Caledonia Street. Witnesses said Algeo knocked the 66-year-old man down and repeatedly punched him in the face, and that Newcomb assaulted other people who tried to intervene, according to initial police statements.
The alleged victim, Keith Karpinski of Sausalito, suffered fractures to his face and right eye socket, causing partial loss of his peripheral vision, authorities said.
The case was Algeo's second assault arrest for a bar fight in less than two years. He was one of two men prosecuted in a 2010 brawl at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Terra Linda, where three men suffered stab wounds and one went into a coma.
Algeo, who was charged with assault and battery, was acquitted by a jury after claiming self-defense.
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