A Gardnerville man was sentenced to up to three years in prison on Monday for stealing a bicycle.
Daniel M. Simons, 24, was sentenced to 12-36 months after he admitted to one count of felony theft from a person.
Simons wrote a letter to the victim in which he apologized for the attack.
Attorney Derrick Lopez said Simons learned he was going to be a father and wanted to get out of prison so he could be a father to the child.
"Drinking and then getting into a confrontation because you found out you were going to be a father is ridiculous," Gibbons said. "It's lucky no one was armed. If someone had a weapon this could be much worse."
According to court documents, Simons was arrested Dec. 1 after he walked up to two men in a Gardnerville Ranchos park and asked for a lighter. When the men said they didn't have one, he hit one and took his bike. They called deputies who caught Simons.
Simons was given credit for 87 days time served.