An admitted white supremacist who attacked a black security guard at an Orange County shopping area pleaded guilty today to felony hate crime battery. He was sentenced to six months in jail and placed on three years probation.
Ryan Lawrence Monfils, 20, of Stanton was leaving the Dave and Busters restaurant and bar with two friends about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 when he repeatedly punched the guard, yelled racial slurs and threw a lighted cigarette at him, according to Irvine police Lt. Rick Handfield.
Monfils was arrested at his job at a McDonalds restaurant in North Tustin Avenue in Orange on Feb. 19 and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Monfils accepted an offer from Deputy District Attorney Scott Steiner to admit the charge in exchange for the sentence, which also includes staying away from the Irvine Spectrum, where the attack occurred, during the period of probation.
Monfils could have been sentenced to up to three years in state prison had he gone to trial and been convicted.
Handfield said that Monfils is a self-admitted white supremacist.
He made comments to the arresting officers, said Handfield. His beliefs were clear.