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Sonoma Valley beating victim faces accused attacker in court

A disabled Sonoma Valley man who was beaten and stabbed in an April attack that galvanized the community appeared in a Santa Rosa courtroom Thursday to face the man accused of the brutal crime.

Austin Ridge, 28, who was recovering from a broken jaw and other injuries, said he wanted to lay eyes on Logan Dunning, 22, of Boyes Hot Springs, who is charged with attempted murder, mayhem and two other felonies.

Ridge said it was the first time he has seen Dunning since the attack. He came to court, he said, because, "I want to see him go down."

Dunning faces a maximum 13 years in prison if convicted, prosecutor Bob Waner said.

"I just want him to go away so I can look out for the other kids," said Ridge, who came to court with his mother, sister and other family. "I don't want to see this happen again."

Dunning, who was arrested last month, postponed entering a plea because he was assigned a new lawyer.

Sitting in a blue jail uniform, Dunning glanced at his own family and a girlfriend seated in the audience as Judge Dana Simonds ordered him back July 26.

Outside court, Ridge's mother said it appeared Dunning was "smirking" at her family.

"He's not taking this seriously," Kimberly Ridge said.

Dunning's mother has said her son is suffering from a mental condition and has sought treatment. She previously said he's "not some kind of monster."


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