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Trial begins for man accused in road rage assault

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The trial began Tuesday for a man accused of beating a 76-year-old Army veteran during a road rage confrontation.

Thomas Sikes is charged with elder abuse and assault in the April 2014 attack on Ron Torncello. Cell phone video shows Sikes confronting Torncello for allegedly cutting off several drivers in the parking lot of an El Cajon CVS.

Sikes can then be seen punching the elderly man. Torncello's injuries were so severe, he required two surgeries in his eye.

Sikes faces nine years in prison if he is convicted.

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