Mark Allen Olds was sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison today for brutally slashing City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter's throat during a burglary of her Venice home.
Olds' attorney, James M. Epstein, offered an apology in court to Galanter on behalf of his client. "Mr. Olds has asked me to tell Ms. Galanter how sorry he is," said Epstein, adding that Olds understood that she could not forgive him.
In a barely audible whisper due to her damaged vocal cords, Galanter made no specific recommendation about how Olds should be punished. But she told Superior Court Judge Raymond D. Mireles, "I didn't do anything to deserve such an attack and I'm going to carry a life sentence for this."
Olds, 28, wearing a blue jail uniform, stood silently throughout the brief proceedings, his hands clasped behind his back and his eyes downcast.