Ex-Navy submariner sentenced to between 2 and 4 years in prison for beating man on NH street

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A former Navy submariner has been sentenced to between two to four years in prison for beating a man on a Portsmouth, N.H., street last year.

Sandy Portobanco apologized to the victim and his family in court on Wednesday for what he called the biggest mistake of his life.

Stephen Huntress, of Kittery, Maine, suffered serious brain injuries.

Portobanco and Gerald Smith of Honolulu were crew members of the USS Greeneville nuclear submarine, which was being repaired at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Both have been discharged from the Navy.

The Portsmouth Herald says the judge also ordered Portobanco to split a restitution payment of about $17,000 with Smith and undergo a substance abuse and anger management evaluation.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com