Man Gets Prison for Beating Wife's Employer Over Income Tax Withholding

An Albuquerque man has been sentenced to one year in jail, with possible release to an ankle monitor, for his 2016 beating of two of his wife's employers who he said cheated her on taxes and then called him a racial slur.

Quinn Williams, 54, used a metal bat to beat the father-in-law and sister-in-law of the owner of Pho Linh restaurant before he was stopped by an off-duty police officer who had been dining at the restaurant in January 2016.

Linh Le, 64 at the time, was left with a broken arm and a bump on his head and his sister-in-law, Thuc Le, 22 at the time, was left with swelling on her head and some bruising, according to statements from attorneys at Williams' sentencing hearing before 2nd Judicial District Judge Alisa Hart on Friday afternoon.

"Mr. Le required extremely painful surgery and is in daily pain," prosecutor Haley Murphy told Hart. She said the two are "terrified" and were traumatized by the incident.

Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery in August.

Murphy asked Williams be sentenced to four years in prison, noting he has a handful of previous felony cases dating to the 1980s.

Hart imposed a six-year sentence and suspended all but one year, which Williams must spend in the Bernalillo County jail, which could release him on an ankle monitor if Williams qualifies for that program.

"I would like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make it right," Williams said after the sentencing. He was given until Monday to turn himself into jail to begin his sentence.

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