San Francisco deputy convicted of assault on patient at SF General

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Mike Lewelling
San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy Mike Lewelling is accused of beating a man inside a hospital waiting room and trying to cover it up. (Dec. 19, 2014/ABC7 News)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco sheriff's deputy has been convicted of assault Tuesday of an attack that happened last November.

Michael Lewelling arrested a man at San Francisco General Hospital and claimed the man attacked him with a cane.

Investigators say video evidence shows him choking the man before arresting him.

Prosecutors accused him of lying on the police report, saying he was attacked by the patient first.

Lewelling faces a maximum three years in state prison.