OAKLAND -- A Barstow woman was sentenced on Friday to jail time served and five years probation for attacking renowned blues singer Lester Chambers on stage at a Hayward music festival last year while in the throes of a mental health episode.
Dinalynn Andrews-Potter, 44, pleaded no contest last month to physical elder abuse for pushing 73-year-old Lester Chambers, founder of the 1960s group The Chamber Brothers, to the ground on July 13 as he was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival.
the attack occurred on the day the verdict was returned in the high-profile trial of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of teen Trayvon Martin. Chambers had just dedicated a song to the slain teen. Andrews-Potter was initially charged with a hate crime under an initial theory that her attack was a reaction to the black musician's support of the black youth.
Her attorney wrote in court documents that Andrews-Potter snapped in response to a delusion that Chambers was chanting her name on stage. Andrews-Potter suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of a trauma she suffered while serving in the U.S. Navy and will be entering a treatment center as part of her plea deal.
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