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Jail attacker: Mom

The mother of a Surrey teen hit with axe is happy is the sentence handed to one of her son’s attackers is being appealed, but wishes prosecutors were seeking an even stiffer penalty.

“I wanted more time in jail,” said Deborah Levy. “He needs to be in there and think about what he’s done. As far as I’m concerned (all three of them) should have been given 10 years.”

Last Friday, prosecutors asked the B.C. Court of Appeal to convert into prison time the 20-month house arrest handed to Tuan “Tony” Minh Nguyen for his part in the attack that left the now 19-year-old Michael Levy a quadriplegic.

Nguyen, 19, is living at home with his family and must obey a 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew.

Nguyen, Robert Alexander Green and Enrique Quintana were convicted last August of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.

The three attacked Levy during a dance at Tynehead Community Hall on Oct. 28, 2006. Nguyen punched Levy in the face without warning, and then Green smashed a bottle against Levy’s head. Quintana pepper-sprayed Levy and struck him three times in the back with an axe, severing his spinal cord.

Green, 18, got two years less a day on top of the one year he had spent in custody. He is serving his sentence at a youth detention centre in Burnaby.

Quintana was given a 10-year prison term in February. With credit for time in custody awaiting trial, it works out to just over eight years in jail. Quintana is appealing.

The judges who heard Crown’s appeal of Nguyen’s sentence have reserved their decision.

dweir@surreyleader.com

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