MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - The man who attacked Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 11 months ago is expected to go to prison this morning. 21 year old Anthony Peters will be sentenced, after he struck a plea deal and was convicted of reckless injury, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping.
Prosecutors agreed to recommend nine years of prison time and 10 years of extended supervision. But defense lawyer Anthony Cotton will ask the judge to go easier. He wants a two year prison term and eight years of supervision.
Barrett was leaving the State Fair last August when he saw Peters try to grab his one year old daughter from the girl’s grandmother. The woman cried for help and Barrett was calling 911 on his cell phone when Peters hit him with a tire-iron.
The mayor suffered injuries to his head, face, mouth, and right hand. He recently had a third surgery on that hand, but doctors say he may never regain the full use of it.
Barrett is the Democrats’ main candidate for Wisconsin governor. Many have called him a hero, but he has shied away from talking about the incident on the campaign trail. But he’s expected to speak about it during today’s sentencing hearing.