Man gets 3-year prison sentence in Sikh temple attack

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man who hired someone to assault a family member at a Sikh temple was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.

Nirmal Sehmbey will have 65 days credit toward his sentence.

A Kern County jury in February convicted Sehmbey of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

He paid a man $1,000 to drive up to Bakersfield from Van Nuys to carry out the attack on Manjit Singh as Singh and his family arrived at their Sikh temple on South P Street. Singh had married Sehmbey's niece, and Sehmbey was upset because the niece reportedly married outside her social class.

The man paid to beat up Singh and another man involved in the scheme took plea deals in exchange for their cooperation in the prosecution of Sehmbey.