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* Roger Broyles Convicted of Torture, Mayhem, Assault and Battery Against Former Work Colleague

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A man accused of a 2008 attack on a former work colleague who fired him in San Francisco has been convicted of torture, mayhem, assault and battery, prosecutors said today. Roger Broyles, 49, was convicted last Wednesday of charges that he brutally attacked the chief financial officer of the company where he worked after the CFO told him he was fired, district attorney’s spokesman Seth Steward said. In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2008, Broyles punched the victim and knocked him to the ground, then repeatedly punched and kicked his face and body.

The victim was temporarily in a coma following the attack and suffered massive internal bleeding, multiple facial fractures, lacerations of his spleen and liver, and a broken lower backbone vertebra, prosecutors said. After the attack, Broyles also destroyed several of the victim’s possessions. Broyles admitted to attacking the victim, saying he “wanted him to hurt like I’ve been hurting for the last year because of him,” prosecutors said.

The conviction came on Wednesday after a four-week trial and four days of deliberation by a San Francisco Superior Court jury. On Thursday, the jury also found true the allegation that Broyles had a prior conviction for burglary. “The defendant’s brutal actions are horrible and shocking,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “This defendant’s outrageous actions have no place in San Francisco.” Broyles is scheduled to be sentenced in the case on Nov. 3. He faces a maximum sentence of 19 years to life in state prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

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