A Newhall restaurateur found guilty Friday of two counts of simple battery and two counts of sexual battery on a former employee was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in county jail and ordered to register as a sex offender. Sam Albert Gardian, 48, co-owner of the Southern Smoke BBQ & Brewhouse in Newhall, was also ordered to stay away from the victim in the case, former employee Jessica Castillo, a clerk for Courtroom No. 3 at the Santa Clarita Courthouse said. Gardian was also sentenced to:
- three years summary probation
- not harass, threaten or annoy other witnesses in the case.
- pay a $500 fine, plus penalty assessments
- possess no weapons
- pay restitution
- go to 26 anger management classes
“Given the charge it’s an appropriate sentencing,” Gardian’s attorney David Diamond told The Signal after Tuesday’s court hearing. “But, given the facts of the case, I don’t believe any incarceration time is warranted,” he said. About 45 people showed up at court for the sentencing, Diamond said, to show support for his client. Before sentencing was made, a victim impact statement written by Castillo was read in court. Late Friday afternoon, a jury issued their verdict of guilty, having found him responsible for the four incidents of battery against Castillo. Gardian, who was out on bail during his week-long trial, was taken into custody Friday after the jury delivered its verdict. Court records show he was placed in custody at the Sheriff’s Station, a short walk across the courtyard of the Santa Clarita Courthouse. firstname.lastname@example.org 661-287-5527 on Twitter @jamesarthurholt